Left-Handed Facts And Statistics [Pic]

Submitted by: kitten_soup 6 years ago in Science

Lefties... the new Gingers?
Credits: Pleated Jeans
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Female 426
Woot I`m a left chick, I`m a rare card apparently lol
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Male 17
i don`t get the 2nd bit, am i being stupid or does that mean that the other 80% are right handed, meaning that more geniuses are right handed
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Male 1,735
I was forced into using my right hand in school, I didn`t figure this out till I was in my late teens. I found that anything I tried to learn I had an easier time with my left than my right.

They just shoved whatever into my right hand and said you have to do it this way. Probably why I have such horrible writing, been doing wrong all this time.
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Male 11,739
I`m a lefty (mostly). I do a lot right handed too. I used to be ambidextrous, but when I was in school they made me pick one (jerks) and I went left.
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Female 409
Aww the last one is sad! *lefty*
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Male 196
I just use the spiral notebook upside down, problem solved
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Male 2
I guess you have to be lefty to get that one :-) If it were that 50% of all people are left-handed than 20% is low number, but because only 15% of all people are left-handed 20% in MENSA is a lot.
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Male 269
I don`t get the Mensa quote: the other 80% are right handed, so how does that show lefties in a positive light? I`m one, btw, and another fact I once heard is that the majority of people wipe themselves in the washroom with their left hand. is this true I-A-B ?
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Male 3,425
I was quite liking this post until the last fact. D`aaaaaaw.
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Male 147
I thought every children started naturally left handed, only changing because of parents pressure? Well, at least that`s what happened to me.

I am right handed, but do Ok using the left hand to common tasks such as using the computer mouse with the left hand, knife on the left hand etc; except writing.
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Male 62
"statistics mean nothing to the individual"
Dr. Cox in Scrubs

I have never credited my skills in video games to my sinister style, i thought i was good because i have no life. We get alot of hazing at times, like many years ago in kindergarten when my teacher would notice that my left hand was over my heart during "the pledge of alligence" and would force me to switch hands. Out of my entire family i am the only one who is lefty. There seems to be no shortage of people who mock my writing style.
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Female 295
Stell, not necessarily. It just means a greater proportion of left handers are geniuses. Fact is 80% of MENSA members are right handed. Just because there is one variation doesn`t make it a causation.
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Male 150
I`m left handed and I`m pretty good at video games AND use my right hand for the mouse.
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Female 136
i can testify to the spiral notebook thing, it really sucks.
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Female 65
Left handed people are good in math, etc. because their right side of th brain is more developed. Since most IQ tests are designed to favour people who are good at math, lefties score better at classic IQ tests. Doesn`t mean they`re likley to be more intelligent, just likely to be better in math.
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Female 65
Elegy. If 15% of general pop. is left handed, it would follow that 15% of Mensa memebers should left handed. But since 20% are left handed, that means they are more likley to be geniuses.
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Male 155
20% of all MENSA member reported being left-handed... what about that other 80%?
contradicting post.
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Female 1,803
"left handers are more likely to be geniuses. Even though it`s 20% of geniuses."

If left handers were equally likely to be geniuses, then only 15% of geniuses would be left-handed (the same % as the general public). Since 20% of geniuses are lefties, that makes them slightly more likely to be geniuses.
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Male 25,416
Right e o!
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Female 1,329
Both my parents are left-handed, yet my siblings and I were born right-handed. There are four of us.
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Male 469
left handers are more likely to be geniuses. Even though it`s 20% of geniuses.
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Male 688
Flip it horizontally and start from the back.
...Yeah, these lefties are real geniuses.
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Male 218
fcking hate spiral notebooks
tearing the paper out is a ridiculous endeavor
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Male 237
yeah im lefty for the most part but ive had to adapt to certain right handed things. baseball gloves scissors etc. it really is a right handed world
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Male 1,832
the new gingers? really? drat you.
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Male 362
this thread made me lose hope for humanity... all because a few people cant understand how statistics work
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Male 934
I think the lower lifespan has to do with tools and such being designed for the more predominant right handers, leading to a higher degree of accidents. I could be wrong though.
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Male 4
for the second last one, why didn`t they just say `of the last 4 presidents`? wouldn`t that have sounded more impressive?
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Male 1,678
The statistic trying to say that left handed people are smarter on average is a load of bollocks, it doesn`t mean they`re smarter, it just means theres a higher percentage of them that need their cleverness validated by joining an organisation like Mensa. Paying a subscription so you can brag about being smart, now that is genius.
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Male 688
So, if their are 45 million lefties in the US and 12 million alcoholics in the US and lefties are 3 times more likely to be alcoholics that`s 3m to 9m, therefore dividing 45m lefties by 9m alchies 1 in 5 lefties is an alcoholic.

I personally know 7 lefties.... I wonder who it is, let the search begin!
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Male 2,121
What`s wrong with spiral notebooks? I love them.
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Male 10,855
Uhh... Southpaws FTW?
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Male 3,477
Not being able to drag&drop on iab su cks.Twiiter my as s
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Female 19
My Husband is left handed and it looked like our first child was going to be left handed as well. He didn`t want that cause of all the trouble he went through...so I reprogrammed her. Everytime I saw her use her left hand I would put whatever she had in her right hand...musta worked cause she is not left handed.
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Female 512
"My 2 year old looks like she`s going to end up being left handed (& my hubby & I are both right handed)...I feel a bit sorry for her... "

"Sorry for her?? When she ends up a super-genius, like me, you won`t feel sorry for her :)"

I should have clarified (instead of just sounding like a nasty mum or something)...I feel sorry for her because the world is geared up for right handed people. And if I go by my mother`s complaining, it can be pretty annoying trying to deal with right handed can openers, scissors & (dare I say it) spiral notebooks. She`s already showing signs of being quite clever - especially at maths & music.
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Male 5,094
emmettyville: one in 0.02x0.02, ie. one in 0.0004 or 0,04%.
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Female 4,430
I have 2 left handed children. both parents are right handed, whats the odds on that?
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Male 3
Dr. Nick? lol "HI everybody!"
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Male 697
I`ve always thought that you could be left-handed at video games, but have never seen a controller with the buttons and thumbsticks swapped. Is everyone just the same at that (or they just have to deal with it)
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Female 3,001
yey being left-handed!
also i do hate those stupid note books
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Male 31
@srximus: Wth are you talking about:
"If 15% of general popuation is left handed we have rather large error margin given low procentage of data"
How do you know that? They could have asked millions of people.

It`s easy people. If 15% of all people is left handed, a random group of people would alse be 15% left handed. Mensa is not random, it`s smart people. And they report having more, 20%, lefties than average, 15%, so left handed people are smarter (on average).
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Male 1,010
I am a leftie, so is most of my closest family, actually. In the old days, people used to believe that left handed people had a direct connection with Satan. Originally the word "sinister" (evil) meant "left" - in Italy they still say "sinistra" - meaning left.

P.S. If you found that right handed people have an 80 per cent higher ratio of becoming Mensa members.. well, you`re not Mensa material, i guess. On "the other hand" being able to see stick figures and circles in relation to each other within a certain time, and by that have a high "IQ" have never impressed me... :-p
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Female 19
"if 20 percent of mensa are left handed... wouldnt the other 80 be right handed? making them more likely to be geniuses?"

I think this statistic has to do with ratio...obviously if there are more right-handed people then there would be more right-handed geniuses...but there probably is a higher ratio of left-handed geniuses within the left-handed population then there are within the right-handed population.
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Female 497
I really want someone to buy me a left handed notebook -.-
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Male 203
Heh, heh...statistics at its worst...

"Left-handers are more likely to be geniuses...20% of MENSA members are left handed..."

Soooo... 80% are right handed? Is that a majority? Overwhelming majority?

If 15% of general popuation is left handed we have rather large error margin given low procentage of data (comparing to the population of the world). In MENSA we have HUGE percantage of data because all members answer this questions. So there is no proof that it is advantage to be left handed.
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Male 108
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

I`m not saying left-handed people are less worth than than right-handed people, or the other way around. Just saying one always have to be critical about these kind of statistics.
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Male 12,138
[quote]if 20 percent of mensa are left handed... wouldnt the other 80 be right handed? making them more likely to be geniuses?[/quote]
For the first time in my life, I`m actually considering cutting myself. And I`m not even emo.
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Male 3,894
....and the award for using only over-simplified high school biology knowledge goes to... ROB! ROB SWINDOL, come on down!
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Male 80
if 20 percent of mensa are left handed... wouldnt the other 80 be right handed? making them more likely to be geniuses?
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Male 12,138
[quote].....Is it sad that I`m a left handed ginger? What are the chances of that...[/quote]
Given the recent embarrassing riots in Canada over a goddam hockey game, just thank your lucky stars that that you`re not a left-handed ginger Canadia...

*checks profile*

Sorry, I just remembered... that I have to go to... a thing. Anywaysnicechatting!

*bolts out the front door*
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Female 37
.....Is it sad that I`m a left handed ginger? What are the chances of that...
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Male 2,528
"If both parents are left handed, 50% of the offspring will be left handed."

WRONG

If both parents are left handed, all of their children will be left handed. Left handed is the recessive gene, just like blond hair or blue eyes. This means that a person who is left handed must have two left handed genes. And two left handed adults have no right handed genese to pass down, therefore all of their kids will be naturally left handed.
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Male 525
The right-handed people living longer is true.

Lefties get killed using dangerous things designed to be operated by right-handed people.

Best advice for lefties (and righties, for that matter) is to teach yourself to be ambidextrous. Dvorak keyboard layout for right-hand or left-hand might help.
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Male 3,894
Side note: All the goddamn times I pulled my hand up from note-taking, smeared with graphite and gouged with spiral notebook-imprint.

Fie on your right-handed world. Fie on`t.
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Male 3,894
...why would lefties be the new gingers?

F*ck that noise. I will destroy you with my left handed sorcery.
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Male 776
Angilion, there are few things worse in the world than right handed nazis.

One of those things is internet nazi-troll hybrids.

Please return to your hole.
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Male 12,365
Buck176:

Where are the concentration camps for left-handed people?

How many have been killed so far?

How has all of this been kept so totally secret?

Or are you just talking crap?

I`m going for the talking crap explanation.
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Male 12,365
[quote]What are the odds that a couple (both right handed) will have two children and both of the childre are left handed?[/quote]

If there`s exactly 2% chance of a child of two right-handed people being left-handed, the chance of it being true for two children in 1 in 2500.
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Male 378
The 15% statistic is misleading. The study this is taken from didn`t count lefties who say they are ambidextrous. Most of us lefties do say we are ambidextrous because we have to learn to do things with either hand, thanks to you right handed Nazis. The split is actually closer to 60/40.
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Male 12,138
Yeah Ikeray, as someone pointed out earlier in this thread - the statement is basically "left-handed people are more likely to be geniuses than right-handed people", not "most geniuses are left handed".

Side-note, on MENSA. I`ve always thought that if you feel the need to pay an annual membership fee for an organisation to tell you how smart you are, then you aren`t that smart in the first place...
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Male 338
Ikeray:

Derp, 15% of people are lefties and 20% of MENSA are lefties. By analyzing that, you`ll find that more of a percentage of total lefties are in MENSA.
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Male 418
I`m a left and I am a genius. Im working on the rich part currently :)
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Male 2,703
"Left-handers are more likely to be geniuses - 20% of MENSA members report being left-handed"

stopped reading there. an organization full of geniuses and only 20% are? how is that `more likely`?
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Female 119
"My 2 year old looks like she`s going to end up being left handed (& my hubby & I are both right handed)...I feel a bit sorry for her... "

Sorry for her?? When she ends up a super-genius, like me, you won`t feel sorry for her :)
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Male 267
I don`t know if this is only for lefties, but do any of you smudge the hell out of your writing? Why can`t I write/read right to left?
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Female 1,682
I love being a lefty :D
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Female 235
Read The Left Hander Syndrome by Stanley Coren.

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Female 512
My 2 year old looks like she`s going to end up being left handed (& my hubby & I are both right handed)...I feel a bit sorry for her...

Interestingly, my mother is also a ginger & a lefty...
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Male 369
78% of IABers didn`t get the spiral bound notebook one.
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Male 9
Lefties are more likely to be genius, as 20% of MENSA members are lefties. A genius might point out that 80% are therefore righties???
Is it just me?
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Male 2,700
Ungh, I sometimes hate being a lefty. Hell I didn`t even develop habit of using a mouse with my left hand until Starcraft came out. been that way ever since. One thing I really hate, is when I use different drawings to make 3d Models, i tend to prefer them on my left side, where my mouse is. Right side of the laptop is mess free.
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Male 1,595
I lol`d at the notebook fact.
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Female 20
Maggierose78, my husband and I are both righties and both our sons are lefties. Not sure the odds on that but found that interesting that supposedly only 2% chance of having a lefty.
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Male 5,189
I HATE spiral notebooks!!!
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Male 336
I`m right handed, but I drive, eat and mouse lefty
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Female 931
I`m also a ginger and left-handed. I feel cursed. :p
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Female 688
What are the odds that a couple (both right handed) will have two children and both of the childre are left handed?

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Male 299
The spiral note book thing is totally true. THEY NEVER WORK RIGHT!
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Male 835
Yay! We have found the next thing to discriminate against!! About time too; I was getting tired of ginger jokes.

Dumbasses.
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Female 131
dammit...I`m ginger and left handed..
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Male 2,506
I`m only a lefty when it comes to writing
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Male 356
Last fact makes me sad for 5 secs.
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Male 3,631
I can`t conceive of using a knife with my right hand - it seems backward to me. And I`m right-handed.

@tiedyed - it has to do with the direction we write in. If you`re left-handed, when starting from the left page you have nothing to rest your sidepalm on. When starting from the right page, your sidepalm is automatically resting on the spiral, which is uncomfortable. If you think about it, righties definitely have the advantage here.
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Male 2,422
My brother is one of those left handed freaks. But I`m hardly one to criticize, I`ve got plenty of my own genetic abnormalities.
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Female 119
Hey genius, flip the notebook around and you get the holes on the wrong side and complaints from teachers. However, they do make notebooks specifically for lefties that are meant to be used backwards AND the holes are on the opposite side. Thems the shiiiits.
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Female 676
Left-handed female here...
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Male 80
This is really a crap infographic. A lot of these "stats" are way off, and as a leftie I feel like I just wasted a few minutes of my life. If you want something full of stats and entertaining writing, check out A Left Hand Turn Around the World: Chasing the Mystery and Meaning of All Things Southpaw by David Wolman. It will dispell a lot of myths, inform, enlighten, and make you laugh your butt off.
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Female 728
Heh, I guess I`m technically a ginger, too. I don`t have the bright orange hair that I usually think of as being ginger, but I`ve got a darker shade of red.
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Male 1,293
15% of people are left handed. 20% of all MENSA members report being left handed. Left-handers more likely to be geniuses?

Could equally mean that left-handers are more likely to be self-regarding losers.
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Male 329
That spiral notebook thing is stupid. If you`re writing on both sides of the pages, then left or right handed, your hand is on the spiral half the time.
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Male 307
Hate spiral note books? Is that because they`re to dumb to flip it around in the other direction, and wouldn`t that sort of go against that other statistic about them being geniuses?
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Male 1,629
oh god! im a lefty and a ginger! >.<
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Female 728
I`m mostly a leftie, though my first grade teacher made me right with my right hand and I never managed to start writing with my left hand again. In pretty much everything else I do, though, I`m left-handed: using a fork, using scissors, archery, etc.

Also, just for the sake of anecdoctal contrarianism, I hit puberty really early and I`m not very good at handling a lot of stimuli.
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Male 272
@tiedyed- dude, thats so weird. my parents are righties and me and my brother are lefties.
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Male 203
haha Mensa. . . what if you are naturally born ambidextrous?
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Male 184
Ok, just to clarify for Revolutioniz and bbdesigncof.

Lets say hypothetically that there are 100 Mensa members in the world, which means that there would be 20 leftys and 80 rightys.

If the population of the world were say, 10,000 there would be 1500 leftys and 8500 rightys. This means that if you are left handed you have a 20/1500 chance of being a `genius` (1.3%) and if right handed 80/8500 chance (0.9%).

This is because a higher proportion of left handed people are geniuses, compared to how many left handed people there are.

Also since males are twice as likely as females to be left handed, you have another bonus effect on the probability of higher intelligence.

Also these statistics are prob b.s
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Male 272
@Revolutioniz and bbdesigncof- sorry but your math sucks.
15% of people are left handed. 20% of all MENSA members report being left handed. that`s 5% more than there should be if MENSA was made up of the correct proportion of hands.
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Male 329
@bluemonster... that IS interesting.... both my parents are righties, and my brother and I are both lefties. Statistics indeed! We also have things we naturally do right handed. For me, that`s scissors, mouse, bat, guitar. Pretty much everything else is left hand.
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Male 1,958
How does this make lefties the new gingers?
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Male 1,081
[citations needed]
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Male 335
Hardly the new gingers, you`re about 80 years behind. My grandmother was a lefty until they forced her to write "properly" in grammar school.
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Female 171
Yay Queens :)

bbdesigncof and revolutioniz man yous are dumb, could yous not even hold your post til you`d read down the comments abit? If 10-15% of all people are left handed and 20% of people in mensa are left handed what does that tell you?
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Male 229
Im a lefty
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Male 528
i call bullsh*t, i could kick a lefties ass at video games
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Male 910
"left-handers are more likely to be geniuses. 20% of all MENSA members report being left handed." whoever made this is drating stupid.
100% - 20% = 80% right, 20% is not higher than 80% therefore right handers are 4 times mopre likely to be geniuses... according to this stupid stat board. i think it`s pretty much made up, no references
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Male 20
The second "fact" is complete poo. 20% of Mensa report being left handed which means that 80% are right handed. How does that make left handers more likely to be geniuses when an overwhelming majority are right handed?
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Male 263
Reagan was a leftie too
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Male 7,123
Kill them.
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Female 193
My baby is a lefty.
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Female 2
"If both parents are left hanted, 50% of their ofspring will be left-handed. Two righties only have a 2% chance of having a lefty."

My parents are both right-handed and all three of their children turned out to be lefties. Take that, statistics.
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Female 414
hehehehe now we know why punk7634 isn`t in MENSA
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Male 976
"the new gingers?"

Wait, what the fu.ck? How?

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Male 612
lefties are also more likely to be annoying.
because you know a righty did not make this chart.
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Female 19
"If 20% of Mensa members are left handed, then the other 80% are right handed. If that`s true, aren`t righties more likely to be geniuses?"

Only 15% of people are left-handed though, so if you assume that the people in MENSA are a representative sample of the geniuses in the population, then it is true.
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Female 191
If 20% of Mensa members are left handed, then the other 80% are right handed. If that`s true, aren`t righties more likely to be geniuses?

actually, it`d make more sense to say geniuses are more likely to be left handed than the average population than whether handedness makes a difference on intelligence.
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Male 12,138
vv The bullet point immediately before that one mentioned that only 15% of the population are left handed. I`m gonna guess you`re not a member yourself...
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Male 2
If 20% of Mensa members are left handed, then the other 80% are right handed. If that`s true, aren`t righties more likely to be geniuses?
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Male 12,138
Queens University repreSENT! No, wait, that "research" is utter wank. Never mind.
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Male 362
if lefties are so smart, how come they can`t figure out how to write the other side of the paper when using a spiral notebook?
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Male 964
Feck off about lefties being like gingers (although there is nothing even wrong about being ginger >:( ) , You can see if someone is ginger straight off, you have to ask someone to write something to find out if they were left or right handed.
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Male 395
Lol - Citations needed! :)
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Female 494
Kettles!!! Hahaha! Best. Typo. Ever! Obviously I meant lefties.
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Female 494
Hurray for us kettles! Except for the dying early part... :/
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Male 1,678
Is that seriously what uni`s like Queens are spending their money on? Any wonder tuition fees are going up.
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Male 383
Don`t diss on us lefties, we`re special ;)
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Male 267
God, how I hate spiral notebooks.
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Female 368
Link: Left-Handed Facts And Statistics [Pic] [Rate Link] - Lefties... the new Gingers?
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