They may make up only 10% of the population, but in honor of National Lefthanders Day (to the left, to the left), we’ve listed our favorite lefties, starting with POTUS himself.
1. Barack Obama
We have a tendency to vote left. No, not politically. James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Henry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were all part of the same left-handed club.
Experts believe that left-handed folks have a greater aptitude for language skills, and no one has ever questioned Obama’s ability as a brilliant orator, no matter which side of the political grass you grow.
Right or left politics? Right or left hand?
2. Jimi Hendrix
Apparently left-handers make better artists (they’re better at divergent thinking) and are more likely to explore a creative career than we righties. In the case of Jimi Hendrix, aptly named Rolling Stone‘s Greatest Guitarist of All Time, there is hard evidence of his left-handed creative genius. The man favored a right-handed Fender Stratocaster, slung upside-down across his shoulders, but Hendrix taught himself how to hit the strings in reverse order, so the guitar never needed to be restrung. And while he could play with his right, he preferred the left.
3. Bill Gates
It’s been claimed that left-handers make more money than their counterpaws. Bill Gates leads the left-handed wagon with a boggling net worth of 57 billion dollars, though we even more so admire his generosity.
4. Oprah Winfrey
Statistically, there are more male left-handers than females, but the southpaw club is happy to count mogul Oprah in their corner. We wonder if left-handers are better at interviewing Lindsay Lohan…
5. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
The couple that lefts together stays together. The world’s most sought after couple shares more than just good genes. They’re both lefties. Left-handed scissors only in the Jolie-Pitt household.
6. The Renaissance Men
500 years ago, Michelangelo grabbed a paintbrush with his left hand and went to work on the Sistine Chapel, one of the Italian Renaissance’s most iconic masterpieces.
And while they may have been artistic rivals, Raphael and da Vinci also shared a left-handed way of life. Some historians believe that left-handedness forced these men to see and view the world in an extraordinary way.
7. Jennifer Lawrence
Everyone’s favorite It-Girl, J.Law. She just landed herself the Vogue September cover and the 22-year old has already won herself an Oscar, so we’re thinking, not too shabby being a left-handed lady.
8. Marie Curie
French physicist and chemist known for her prolific work in radioactivity, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, first female professor at La Sorbonne, and she discovered two elements, polonium and radium, proving that only left-handed people are in their right (and brilliant) minds.
9. Diane Keaton
The original tell-it-like-it-is no holds barred actress, director, and comedienne extraordinaire, is a lefty. This California girl can do no wrong in our book, and she doesn’t ever need to be right.
10. My mom
Editorial bias be darned. Happy National Lefthanders Day mom. She’s famous in my book.