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On International Left Handers Day, we celebrate the unique aspects of left-handed people

International Left Handers Day is observed on August 13, with 2020 marking the 30th anniversary of the day to celebrate the uniqueness of left-handed individuals.
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Internantional Left Handers Day is observed on August 13, with 2020 marking the 30th anniversary of the day to celebrate the uniqueness of left-handed individuals.

International Left Handers Day is day set aside each year to celebrate people who go through life predominantly using their left hand. 

Yes, there's a holiday for everything, and for the past 30 years now, Left Handers International has dedicated August 13 to raising "awareness [about] the everyday issues that lefties face as [they] live in a world designed for right-hander," according to the group's official website.

Over the past few decades, this day has been marked by left-versus-right sports matches, a left-handed tea party, and in the United Kingdom, nationwide “Lefty Zones” where right-handed people are encouraged to try out everyday left-handed objects to see just how awkward it can feel using the wrong equipment.

In all seriousness, these events have led to product redesigns with left-handed people in mind, and that's a win for everybody!

In honor of the uniqueness of left-handers around the world, here a few facts that you may not have known about this portion of the population, according to Left Handers International:

  • "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is left-handed, and he made the lead character of the long-running animated series, Bart Simpson, left-handed as well.
  • Left-handers tend to perform well in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing.
  • Most left-handers draw characters facing to the right.
  • In sets of twins, there is a high chance the at least one of them will be left-handed.
  • There's even a free club you can join if you're left-handed, called The Left-Handers Club.

Now armed with this new information, you're ready to celebrate your left-handedness, or the left-handed person in your life.

You can take part in the internet fun revolving around left-handers today using the hashtag #lefthandersday.