Duration: 1st August – 31st August 2019
Number of books: 7
Hosted by:Crazy Challenge Connection
Let’s hear it for the Southpaws!! Read on to learn some interesting facts, theories, and trivia for this minority.
1. International Left-Handers Day is held annually every August 13th. It was founded by the Left-Handers Club in 1992, with the club itself having been founded in 1990.
🖐 Read a book that was originally published in the 1990’s; tell us when OR read a book that is 13th in a series; tell us the series name OR read a book whose author’s middle initial may be found in CLUB (the middle initial must be listed in GoodReads).
2. Left-handedness is far less common than right-handedness. Studies suggest that 10-15% of the world population is left-handed. Handedness does not appear to be a directly inherited trait such as eye or hair color but is associated with certain DNA sequences.
🤚 Read a book with “LEFT” or “RIGHT” in its title (does not have to stand alone) OR read a book between #10 – #15 on your TBR, sorted anyway you choose OR read a book in which a character inherits an obvious trait or illness from one of their ancestors (the book should make a point of stating “x” was inherited from “y”).
3. There have been eight presidents who have been lefties, including James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
🖐 Read a book with an “8” in its total page count; tell us how many pages OR read a biography about any US President OR read a book by an author who has the same initials as any of the eight left-handed presidents (you may ignore middle initials, but first / last initials must be an exact match).
4. Ancient Romans are to thank for the placement of wedding bands on the left hand. They believed that a “lover’s vein” connected the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart.
🤚 Read a book in which a wedding occurs OR read a book marked romance OR read a book that takes place during the Roman Empire.
5. The term “southpaw” can be traced back to the 1880s when Chicago Daily Newssportsreporter Finley Peter Dunne used the term while covering the then-named Chicago White Stockings games. Dunne was known for giving colorful play-by-play and when a left-handed pitcher came on the field, he described him as a “southpaw.” Since the ballpark faced east and west, home plate was west and a left-hander would pitch from the south with his “paw.”
🖐 Read a book featuring a reporter of any kind OR read a book in which characters attend a baseball game OR read a book that takes place in Chicago.
6. The concept that lefties are more creative has been debunked. But newer studies show some advantages for left-handers. One of which is that left-handers perform tasks that involve the use of their hands better than right-handed people. Lefties also learn to be more ambidextrous than righties, often because they have to in order to function in a predominantly right-handed world.
🤚 Read a book in which the main character’s hands are absolutely essential to make a living (i.e. a pianist, a potter) OR read a book in which the first letter of each title word may be found in AMBIDEXTROUS (a, an, the DO count; 3 word minimum) OR read a book in which a character is specifically described as being left-handed; tell us who.
7. Studies found that left-handed people have a lower prevalence of arthritis and ulcers. Researchers believe it’s related to the underlying DNA that creates left-handedness. Another bonus for lefties in the medical arena is that they would recover faster if they were to suffer from a stroke or other brain-related injury. The cognitive functions are spread out in the brains of lefties, which means that in theory, when they have a stroke (which is typically concentrated to a small area of the brain), less of their cognitive functioning will be affected.
🖐 Read a book in which a character is suffering from any type of medical ailment; tell us what it is OR read a book featuring a medical professional OR read a book that requires quite a bit of cognitive functioning (i.e. heavy subject matter, difficult text).