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Left-handedness: famous left-handers (2)

In the previous post we have seen how left-handedness was seen in the past and how scientist have studied this characteristic. Now we’re going to know about some famous left-hander… Do you know any famous left-handed person? Reading this article you will be surprised to read some names that are very familiar to you! 😉

We’ve already talked about George VI of England, whose left-handedness correction is said to have caused his stammer. But he’s not the only king that was left-handed. Queen Victoria, whose reign was the longest in English history, was left-handed. Prince Charles and William are left-handed, too. Some other famous left-handed kings and emperors were Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Louis XVI of France and maybe Napoleon Bonaparte.

Some US presidents were left-handed: John Fitzgerald Kennedy, George H. W. Bush (father of George W. Bush, president from 2001 to 2009) and Bill Clinton. The current president of USA Barack Obama is left-handed, too, and so is his main rival during the 2008 elections, John McCain.

We have said that in left-handed people the right brain, the side concerned with creative activities, is predominant. It is not by chance that many artists (including musicians) are left-handed. Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Noel Gallagher from Oasis, Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin, Guy Berryman from Coldplay, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Beethoven and Mozart are included in the list.

Renaissance artists Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci were left-handed. The latter, in particular, is also known for his mirrored handwriting directed from right to left.

The American cartoonist Matt Groening, creator of the “yellowest” family in the world, The Simpsons, is left-handed, and so are his characters Ned Flanders (owner of the Leftorium, a store specialized in products for left-handed people) and Bart Simpson (he writes on the famous blackboard with his left hand… This is the first time you’ve realized it, haven’t you?)

What about actors? From Julia Roberts to Tom Cruise, Hollywood is full of left-hander. Here are some other names just to let you know: Charlie Chaplin, Robert DeNiro, Whoopie Goldberg, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Marilyn Monroe, Emma Thompson, Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Well, I hope this is enough… Do you know some other famous left-handed person not listed here? Let us know in the comments below 🙂


One thought on “Left-handedness: famous left-handers (2)

  1. I know Lewis Caroll was left-handed too!

    I enjoyed this article (especially because there’s a picture of Obama-I love him 😉 )

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