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Thursday, February 17, 2005


I am about as left-handed as can be. The left-handed population in the United States is between 9% and 10% of the general population. Statistics show that a left-handed person is more apt to be schizophrenic, alcoholic, delinquent, dyslexic, have Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, or mental disabilities. Luckily, I have none of these. Lefties are also more likely to have accidents or die young. While I did have a reputation in my younger years as being rather accident prone, I am still alive. A recent study in France states that while a left-handed person has some distinct disadvantages, they do have one advantage that shows up more in primitive civilizations that makes up for the disadvantages that they do have. This is the advantage of surprise. Primitive societies are generally more violent and in a violent society, a left-handed person has a distinct advantage because everyone will have experience fighting a right-handed person but a left-handed person is definitely a surprise. I am a very civilized person who lives in a civilized society, so this is not an advantage for me. A study by St. Lawrence University in New York also found that there were more left-handed people with IQ's above 140 than right-handed people. Some examples of this include Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton. So, a left-handed person is more likely to be gifted or compromised than a right-handed person. I actually end up in both categories.

Movie: Dead Like Me (Season 1, episode 9) (5 stars)
Music: Mexican Wine - Fountains of Wayne
Book: America (the Book)
Iraq: February - 30
Total - 1470


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