You’ve probably heard that left-handed people die young and are accident prone. They might be geniuses like Einstein, a U.S. president (8 out of 44 of them have been, which is 20%), or the next Oprah.
Mostly though, left-handed people just want to open cans, cut paper, and use a measuring cup without turning the handle around three times. They want to be able to write in ink or pencil without permanently staining their pinkies. About 90% of you are reading this and going, “Huh?” and the rest of you are nodding your head in agreement.
Here’s a list of items that are a PIA if you’re a leftie.
1) Scissors: Lefties generally do one of two things- either they invest in a good pair of left-handed scissors and treat them as a prized possession, or they teach themselves how to cut right-handed. Years of teaching preschool (lots of cutting) trained me to use right-handed scissors, but it took years. Ever wonder what the big deal is? The answer is in the blades. Watch this video and you’ll see what I mean.
2) Can Openers: Manual can openers are designed for your left hand to grip and your right hand to turn the key. Sounds easy, right? It really isn’t if your turning the key with your weaker hand.
3) Watches: Wait a minute! Watches? Really? Really. Analog watches are designed for right handed people to wear on their left wrist. The knob to wind or change the hands is located on the right, which makes it easy to reach. As a leftie, I like to wear a watch on my right hand. And turning the knob while wearing a watch is impossible.
4) Sports Equipment: Baseball gloves and golf clubs need to be left-handed to even attempt to play. I still have my softball mitt from junior high because should I ever find myself in a pick-up game of catch, chances are I’ll be the only lefty playing.
5) Printed Items: Pencils, mugs and liquid measuring cups are all printed with a right-handed person in mind. Don’t believe me? Spin your mug around and hold it in your left hand. Can you see the picture? Pick up that promotional pen or pencil on your desk. Hold it in your left hand. The writing is now upside down. It’s not a functional problem, it’s just annoying.
Are you left-handed? What bugs you? What have you adapted?