Curious data on Lefties

I am part of the 11% of the population who is left handed, and handedness is the limit of the word “left” in my life…;)
That means that there should be around 650 million people left handed and we have our very own day to celebrate! The 13th of august… and even a society to join =)
http://www.lefthandersday.com/

Here is some cool data I read, thanks to wiki and several articles…

Disadvantages of lefties in society:

Pens and pencils: When a lefty writes with a pen or a pencil, his hand trails over the words he has previously written. Depending on the pen or pencil in question, this can lead to smudges all over the paper and the left hand. Erasable ink is notorious among lefties for this reason.
Scissors: Many lefties, when learning to use scissors for the first time, pick up a pair of right-handed scissors, place them in their left hand, and start cutting. Using the wrong scissors can cause RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are a lefty, you would probably be best using left-handed scissors in your left hand.
Playing cards: In a card game, when a lefty fans out his cards left-handed style, the numbers and suits cannot be seen. Lefties have to either read the cards upside-down, fan them out the opposite way, or buy left-handed cards with the number and suit in all corners.
School desks: Many schools use desks with a chair attached. The desktop is shaped so that you get in on the left side and you can rest your right arm while writing. A lefty’s left arm has to stick out off the edge of the desk. Left-handed desks, built the oppposite way, can be very hard to find. The Handedness Research Institute recommends that schools buy unbiased desks instead. For more information about the troubles lefties face when using right-handed desks, see What’s Wrong with This Desk? by HRI.
Power tools: Many power tools, when held with the left hand, can be very harmful. For example, a circular saw blows sawdust to the right, which is very convenent for a right-hander, but when held in the left hand, makes a mess.

Left-handedness and intelligence
In his book Right-Hand, Left-Hand, Chris McManus of University College London argues that the proportion of left-handers is rising and left-handed people as a group have historically produced an above-average quota of high achievers. He says that left-handers’ brains are structured differently in a way that widens their range of abilities, and the genes that determine left-handedness also govern development of the language centres of the brain.
McManus also says that the increase in the 20th century of people identifying as left-handed could produce a corresponding intellectual advance and a leap in the number of mathematical, sporting, or artistic geniuses.
In 2006, researchers at Lafayette College and Johns Hopkins University in a study found that left-handed men are 15 percent richer than right-handed men for those who attended college, and 26 percent richer if they graduated. The wage difference remains unexplained, and does not appear to apply to women.

Facts About Left-Handed People:
Left-handed people are many a times at a disadvantage using tools designed for the right-handed. Well this is true, but today, there is a whole range of tools and equipment being designed for left-handed people. Many right-handed tools too are available, such that they can be molded to suit the needs of the left-handed craftsman. Even the computer mouse has been challenged in use and the touch pad provides the left-handed professional equal opportunity.

Left-handed people are high achievers. Yes. Research reveals that left-handed people are in fact high achievers. This is because their brains are structured to widen their abilities, an attribute that is genetic and on account of the enhanced governing of ‘language centers’ within the brain. A number of mathematical, artistic and sporting geniuses were and are left-handed.

Left-handedness is usually forced to right-handedness due to cultural impact. Sadly, this is the case across the globe. Many children are forced into right-handedness during the formative years. Cultural pressure is fast changing though due the impact of mass literacy on society.

Left-handed people have a shorter lifespan than right-handed counterparts. Statistics reveal that left-handed people are more likely to succumb to accident fatalities and other injuries that arise out of a state of ‘affliction’. This is mainly due to majority people in the world being right-handed and hence the overall design of utilities being designed to accommodate the majority. Left-Hander Syndrome is a condition that is seen in left-handed people who are forced to write with their right hand; thus causing a mental state of confusion.

Left-handed persons use visual stimulus to process information. Research reveals that people who are left-handed do not use the sequential processing style like their right-handed colleagues, to disseminate information. Instead they are good at applying themselves to multiple tasks with the help of the synthesis method of breaking down information and finding a solution.

Famous Left-Handed People:
There are a number of famous left-handed people. The list includes:

Presidents of the United States of America: Harry S. Truman, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and the current President Barack Obama.

Legendary personalities: Joan of Arc, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Fidel Castro, Helen Keller.

Musicians and Composers: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr.

Artists: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci.

Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Greta Garbo, Whoopie Goldberg, Cary Grant, Angelina Joli, Nicole Kidman, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe.

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Ricky is out of the closet (and my love story with him)

I remember being like 5 when I was already singing “gafas oscuras”….(no, I don´t remember him before this, I was maybe too young)

But it was only when I was 7 that I became a serious serious fan of Ricky Martin, and I remember that moment as clear and close as yesterday: I was back from school, had just had lunch and was watching a white and black TV -what is that?-…when it happened…

The signs of being a fan are obvious, you watch anything infront of you if your favorite artist is in the story.
In the early 90´s I started by watching a soap opera with Ricky Martin (Alcanzar una estrella)

…In the mid 90´s, I was a fan of General Hospital. Does someone even remember he made a season in General Hospital…and then he played Marius of Les Miserables on Broadway?

In the late 90´s, the world -and Maddona- discovered him at the Grammys

…the Vida Loca became a hit….and I watched Hercules 4 times!

The rest is history, but this is my part…
I will remember been in my 20´s in the early XXI century and being as enthusiathic as to wake up at 4am in the morning to make a line and buy 1st row seats in his concerts…. ( Supported by other friends, names are not to be revealed…hahaha)…

Well, 20 years later… he´s out of the closet! good for him…I guess. Can anybody live with a secret for so long?

I just started to follow him on twitter a few minutes ago and notice that he posted this quote right before the revelation post: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. M.L.K.J”

Here my two favorite lines of his declaration of homosexuality. The english version is not literally the same as the spanish one, so I will post this in spanish:
1) “Dejarme seducir por el miedo fue un verdadero sabotaje a mi vida”
2) “…El amor vive dentro de mi, la aceptación la encuentro en mi interior, y la verdad solo trae la calma”.

After all, I think I still like him!
the end. =)

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On ethnic specialization in the US

I read this post by William Easterly yesterday and has interesting references to articles, dissertations and others on the topic. Is kinda fun (interesting) data on why all motels are called Patel, why the vietnamese dominate the world of nail salons, etc…CLICK HERE

About nail salons…. I couldn´t resist to laugh at this imitation of a nail salon run by Asians =)
I remember the last time I went to one of this places and my friend told me “how do you manage to get them so crazy?” . =) That´s my specialization I guess.

Once upon a time…

There was a Garota de Ipanema… err..no, it was me and I´m not precisely brazilian!
… but how I miss that lovely voice that used to whisper this song in my ear and made my heart beat of emotion =) … I just don´t want to miss it forever…

Do People trust Google? Follow their eyes.

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I just read this post in the Nudge blog, seriously, it deserves a look (nudges.org)

Hypothesis: People trust Google. How do we know? Follow their eyes.

An Irish firm called Mulley Communications recently used eye-tracking software to follow people’s eye movements on a page of Google search results. The firm found that people look at the first three results, but generally ignore the ads on the right-hand side of the page.

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Luv luv luv SATC…

Only two months for Sex and the City 2…http://www.sexandthecitymovie.com/
But I think this time will be a dissapointment, second parts are usually not that good, do they know this?