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June 09, 2008

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Bob B

If so, left-handedness looks very much like one of the sort of things that ought to be added to the increasingly long list of candidates for banning in order to minimise unnecessary costs falling onto the NHS.

Peter Briffa

There was once a Wimbledon quarter-finals line-up where everyone of the male octet were leftists.

Sometimes it helps being a freak.

Ben Hughes

It's entirely reasonable that left-handers excel at certain sports for the simple reason that right handers are less used to playing against left handers because they are much less common. For example in tennis, returning the spin coming off a left-handers racket is something tennis players in general are much less experienced with, so being left-handed (particularly on the serve) serves as an advantage. Rafael Nadal (#2 tennis player in the world) in fact is right handed by was trained at an early age to play left handed likely for this reason. So the advantage of left handers in this case is related to their statistical minority and not the fact that they use their left hand.

Robert

Isn't part of the definition of all co-incidences is that they are freaky? We wouldn't notice them otherwise.

Bob B

If left-handedness confers an advantage playing tennis that, surely, only compounds the already strong reasons for banning this deviation if only to restore a level playing field for all players.

Neal

ditto Giggs, most-capped United player of all time, is a lefty

Bob B

My divine revelation is that if the Great Architect of the Cosmos had intended left-handedness she would surely have made us all left-handed. The logical implication is transparent: left-handedness must be a diabolical deviation. It must be banned.

I am entirely reassured in this theological imperative by the recent breaking news that left-handed people earn more on average than us right-handers.

Tom

I'm left-handed but I pick my nose with my right hand.

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