For today, the lefties are all right

August 13, 1998|By Knight Ridder/Tribune

Today, if you're right, you're also wrong.

Today is the day to be left and proud. It's International Left-handers Day.

International Left-handers Day was started by the now-defunct Lefthanders International, and first celebrated on Friday, Aug. 13, 1976.

That day was chosen to counter the superstitions about left-handers and continues to be celebrated by some left-handers.

After all, scientists say that if you are right-handed, the left side of your brain is in control, whereas if you are left-handed, it's vice versa -- leading to the inescapable conclusion that left-handers are the only ones who are in their right minds.

In honor of the day, some famous, and infamous, left-handers: President Clinton and Jerry Seinfeld.

Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Harry Truman, Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein.

Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

Marilyn Monroe.

Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Sandy Koufax.

Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Charlie Chaplin.

Billy the Kid, the Boston Strangler and Jack the Ripper.

Pub Date: 8/13/98

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