Riddle #21 – What can you hold?

What can you hold in your right hand,

but never in your left hand?


And while you’re here, check out these 10 facts about Left-Handedness…

Evolutionary Puzzle: The consistent presence of a left-handed minority across human populations and history poses an evolutionary puzzle, given that hand preference can have significant survival and reproductive consequences.

Animals: Left-handedness (or left-pawedness) is not exclusive to humans; it’s observed in animals like cats, rats, and even kangaroos, suggesting an ancient biological basis for handedness.

Sleep Disorders: Some studies have indicated that left-handers may be more prone to periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) during sleep compared to right-handers.

Pain Tolerance: Research has also explored pain perception among left-handers, with some studies suggesting that lefties might have a higher pain threshold than righties, though results aren’t fully conclusive.

U.S. Presidents: A disproportionately high number of U.S. Presidents have been left-handed, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush.

Military Leaders: Some famous military leaders, like Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte, were reputedly left-handed, which may have provided strategic advantages in combat situations.

Left-Handed Day: International Left-Handers Day is celebrated on August 13th, highlighting the uniqueness and differences of left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world.

Language Insights: In many languages, the word for “left” is associated with negative attributes. For example, in Latin, “sinistra” meant “left” but also “unlucky.”

Space Travel: Left-handed astronauts were once not allowed to travel to space during the early days of space exploration, as equipment and procedures were standardized for right-handers to minimize training and mission complexity.

Neanderthal Theory: Some scientists hypothesize that Neanderthals were predominantly left-handed due to the wear patterns on their teeth (from using tools with their left hands while processing materials with their mouths). This, however, is a topic of ongoing debate among anthropologists.

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