For those of you who don't now, Sunday August 13th is International Left-Handers Day, so in homage to lefties everywhere, Bored Panda has compiled this list of annoying problems that all left-handers face on a daily basis.

If you're left-handed then you're probably aware that, whether you like it or not, this is a right-handed world. From scissors and desks to ring binders and ice-cream scoopers, everything seems to be designed with the righties in mind, which isn't really surprising when you realize that around 90% of the world's population is right-handed.

Still, there's a pretty impressive list of lefties crammed into that remaining 10%. Did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Aristotle and Julius Caesar were all left-handed for instance? And let's not forget Albert Einstein, Neil Armstrong, Winston Churchill, Bill Gates, and Barack Obama. And Jimi Hendrix. And Kurt Cobain. And Paul McCartney. And David Bowie, Charlie Chaplin, Robert de Niro, Angelina Jolie, Keanu Reeves, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, and Jon Stewart, plus a whole bunch of other people we don't have the space to write about. If we haven't made our point yet then what we're trying to say is that, although left-handed people might be in the minority, that doesn't make them any less awesome, and some of the world's most important contributions have in fact come from left-handers.

Despite this however, non-righties have had a pretty hard time throughout history. The word "left" is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "lyft", meaning "weak", and the word "sinister" actually derives from the Latin word meaning "left". Left-handers were also thought to consort with the devil, and being left-handed was sometimes considered proof that a woman was a witch and should therefore be persecuted or even executed! Fortunately those days are long gone though, and the only things left-handers have to worry about these days are using a can opener without making a mess, and trying to write without getting ink all over the side of their hand. Scroll down to see some other problems that the modern leftie has to face. Can you relate? Then let us know in the comments below and don't forget to vote. Happy International Left-Handers Day everybody!

#1

As A Left Handed Person... F*ck

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Mikleo
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3 years ago

I can't stand those chairs, even as a right-handed person.

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#2

Funny-Left-Handers-Problems

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Jacqueline Arana
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3 years ago

Or instead of a heart you get an ace of spades... ♠

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#3

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Sasy
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3 years ago

This just made me think of being tall, and getting all those 'What is the weather like up there' queries from smarty pants short people.

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#4

Left-handed Problems

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Sasy
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3 years ago

OH NO

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#5

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

"Are you left handed?" and "How can you write like that?" Are sometimes a bit in the same percentages.

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Sasy
Community Member
3 years ago

that is genius

Var Vas
Community Member
3 years ago

I had done this too in my school days. Got better after few days. Most of my notes were mirror image and only I could read(i'm a left hander too, btw)

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Brandon Idskou
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3 years ago

the fact that this person can write MIRROR IMAGE!!! is more impressive than most of the things i can read about on any day

Deidre Leggett
Community Member
3 years ago

My mom can do it. She can actually write two separate things, with both hands, at the same time.

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Master Markus
Community Member
3 years ago

Sounds like a pain to read.

Candace Formosa
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish I could do this. But it would just take up too much time.

Rob LeBlanc
Community Member
3 years ago

That's some DaVinci shit right there. Props!

Daniela Fernandes
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm right-handed. When I write with my left hand that's the only way I can write. Don't ask why I do this...

Elizabeth Vajtauer
Community Member
3 years ago

love it

Gabriela Durán M
Community Member
3 years ago

I used to write like this when I first learned to write, but my mom took me to special classes so they would make me fix my writing haha... they also wanted to make me right handed but I refused

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
2 years ago

My partner is left handed when he was in school the teacher used to punch him until he put the pencil in his right.

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Joseph McLinden
Community Member
3 years ago

I took Arabic in school to avoid the mess. Pens and pencils were designed to be "pulled" not forcibly "pushed".

Christy Martin
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

My left handed friend and I just to write mirror image notes back in high school.

Heather Young
Community Member
2 months ago

I actulydid this as well and my teacher told me i had to stop bc he couldnt read my notes when i turned them in to be checked

Dave Stohr
Community Member
5 months ago

i actually can write cursive backwards without thinking about it. matter of fact LOL my handwriting is much better backwards than forwards LOL.. but i dont have to think about how to write LOL my left hand just takes over .

Tricia Van Nus
Community Member
5 months ago

Me too - it’s so easy

Raul Beyer
Community Member
5 months ago

big big respect

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
5 months ago

wow little ocd. Nothing wrong with a little ink on pinky. Own it!

Susan-Janelle Silvestri
Community Member
5 months ago

I have always been a mirror writer, ever since I picked up a pencil!

Marianne Hollerbach
Community Member
1 year ago

I had to use fountain pens in Catholic School. Can you imagine the mess that made and how upset the nuns were when you handed in a smeared paper!

Shannon Abraham
Community Member
1 year ago

I did this too!! Is this a leftie thing?!

Shannon Abraham
Community Member
1 year ago

I did this too! But not school notes, just letters and notes to my friends. They had to hold them up to a mirror to read. Is this a leftie thing?!

Laura Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

I am dyslexic so I practiced NOT doing that

Yongmei Bellack
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! I’d really like to study your brain... that is incredible! Hats off to you!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 year ago

You are very strange

Lois Grossman
Community Member
1 year ago

That is talent!

Claudia Maxwell
Community Member
1 year ago

I am ambidextrous. In college I took my psychology notes in mirror writing with my right hand and when I got really bored or tired I would switch and take the notes left handed. Usually deliberately sat on front row. Got lots of strange looks from Professors, one used to stand right in front of me for whole class constantly looking down at my desk.

Vigilante Shorin
Community Member
2 years ago

I never realized why I got ink/pencil all over my hand until now.

Vigilante Shorin
Community Member
2 years ago

OHH. is that why my hand got ink on it???

jandra
Community Member
2 years ago

Da vinci did that back in the days

Linda Gerdel
Community Member
2 years ago

I love that they the spirals on the right side too, I always did that

Jen Gajkowski
Community Member
2 years ago

you couldn't just turn the pad of paper upside-down so the spiral is on the other side?

Ann Walker
Community Member
2 years ago

My father was born left handed but they forced him to become right handed. However he wrote brilliant mirror handwriting all his life and used to send me letters when I was little all in mirror handwriting! I loved them ( and I could read them!) I am completely left handed

Le Panayi
Community Member
2 years ago

I've done this too...

Illa Moskowitz
Community Member
2 years ago

Or you could learn Hebrew... :)

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
2 years ago

Just goes to show you that left handed people are highly intelligent. (I'm not left handed)

Jose A
Community Member
2 years ago

So, Da Vinci probably did the same thing

Deborah Downes
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes!

André Meregalli
Community Member
2 years ago

Genious! Just like Da Vinci!

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
2 years ago

Leonardo Da Vinci did this too

Irene Chávez
Community Member
2 years ago

wow wow wow

Kathy Pedersen
Community Member
3 years ago

My Dad sat me down and twisted the paper so it was at at a 45* angle the long side to my body. Since then don't get pencil or pen marks on the side of my hand. I did grow up using an iron rt handed and scissors. When somebody gave me a pair of lefty scissors. For Christmas I could not use them. You adapt to the environment you grow up in.

TC
Community Member
3 years ago

Hmmm DaVinci also...

Adrian Hammersmith
Community Member
3 years ago

That is Smegging AWESOME!

Tolga IŞIKYILDIZ
Community Member
3 years ago

writing in mirror image? sounds as hard as being lefty but capable of writing with right hand (too). I would be more sharing and improve my righty.

Kathleen Lovell
Community Member
3 years ago

If you can do that you are way ahead of everybody. Kudos.

Tracey Hall
Community Member
3 years ago

Never tried this, a great one.

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

I just turned the book round so the rings were on the right...

Judy Fong
Community Member
3 years ago

Left handers are so much smarter

Maria Young
Community Member
3 years ago

who borrowed this has to borrow a mirror

Kay Shen
Community Member
3 years ago

That's how Leonardo DaVinci write too.

Joanna Hinds
Community Member
3 years ago

Good idea actually! Never thought of it before

Dayna Robinson
Community Member
3 years ago

(I am a righty) I can do that too. Just found out I could do it after watching the movie Amelie. My penmanship backwards is better in cursive than print. Crazy how the brain works.

Iapetos
Community Member
3 years ago

This is cool!

Pulkit Kamal
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow

CrystalPanda Gaming
Community Member
3 years ago

ok I will HAVE to use that. Whoever made that up is Genius

Cheryl White
Community Member
3 years ago

wow...that is amazing!

Anna Brown
Community Member
3 years ago

DaVinci level genius

JillVille Child Care
Community Member
3 years ago

As a leftie, I know the frustration and this was something I attempted but never perfected. So hard to do if you've been trained the "other" way all your life. This takes commitment!

Saugata Chakraborty
Community Member
3 years ago

ABSOLUTELY genius

Elyce Duerr
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG I still write a lot of stuff in mirror writing but not at 77 it just to confuse everyone....or to piss them off. LOL 😂

lindsayaotter
Community Member
3 years ago

Weird. Good idea.

Ruby Cathey
Community Member
3 years ago

wonderful

Steven Rundle
Community Member
3 years ago

Huh... It's not as hard as I though to write wrong-reading text... with practice I bet it's almost as fast as right-reading. What a brilliant idea!

Ina Maksimova
Community Member
3 years ago

Arabic is written and read right to left so a matter of practice really... I tried learning Persian back in the day but motivation wore out quickly

Sunzilla
Community Member
3 years ago

DaVinci did the same...

Sunzilla
Community Member
3 years ago

DiVinci? Leonardo... whatever the spelling is.. :)

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Jessica Hepler
Community Member
3 years ago

I didn't go as far as to go mirror image I just wrote backward

Deb Leonard
Community Member
3 years ago

Back in the early 1980s in Cincinnati, Ohio there was a local TV weatherman who could not only write but draw mirror image. He used to stand behind a clear pane of glass and do all the weather reports like that. I've always been amazed by and envied that talent!

Beverly Kleinman
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea!

Lala Sampurno
Community Member
3 years ago

really clever

Michelle Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

This should be number 1. Amazing!

Michelle Mendoza
Community Member
3 years ago

What was the point of that?

Omolara Adeyemi
Community Member
3 years ago

wow I can write that way I though I was a weirdo!!! wowww thank God we are many look

Antonia Marawi
Community Member
3 years ago

Would've probably been really smart to write like that on really thin paper and then, like, shine some light undereath it to read your notes with no problem. Though after getting used to write like that, you would most likely get used to reading it too.

Sioux Briett
Community Member
3 years ago

I do that...but I'm right handed...though I can write with my left. ..or both at the same time in either direction.

Rita Kosmauskiene
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, that's the normal way of writing for left handed, from ther cener to the sides - right or left. But it is still the world of righthanders, so eather you are forced to change your hand, or to change your brain. Or write like that. That's how my daughter used to write when she was little.

Barbi Seňko
Community Member
3 years ago

I was doing the same 😂

Lejla Medić
Community Member
3 years ago

People who write Arabic/Hebrew don't have these issues. :D

Jeroen de Haas
Community Member
3 years ago

I never got the whole mirror writing thing...

Richard Crispin
Community Member
1 year ago

Proper dysleixia there , nicely done

Kevin Perry
Community Member
3 years ago

Wouldn't it be easier just to use your right hand?

Carolina
Community Member
3 years ago

Because turning the notebook upside down would be too easy?

Jacqueline Then
Community Member
3 years ago

Easy to Photoshop

Simon Ascanio
Community Member
3 years ago

only leonardo da vinci did that ...as i know of

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#7

Silver Surfer Syndrome

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Again, right handers are not spared the silver (and blue, when you use a pen) surfer syndrome.

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#8

Funny Left Handers Problems

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

The notebook rings problem, I'd just turn the notebook upside down, because I don't care.

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#9

Funny Left Handers Problems

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shenlong 54
Community Member
3 years ago

and the cup is right handed

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#10

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

And then when you say you're lefthanded, they just don't know what to say anymore

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#11

Funny Left Handers Problems

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Community Member
3 years ago

Why so expensive??

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#12

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Sasy
Community Member
3 years ago

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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#13

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Susan Thomas
Community Member
3 years ago

Don't forget the numbers on the rulers that drives me nuts

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#14

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Can we just take a moment to admire that solid straight line she erased?

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#15

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Perfect!

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#16

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

We right handers get our pencils and pens on the side of our hands too. Yeah, no one's afe.

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#17

Funny Left Handers Problems

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Pe Ka
Community Member
3 years ago

YOU'RE!!!!

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#18

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Michelle Mendoza
Community Member
3 years ago

Ooh you've never seen a left handed person in all your life? Do you get this surprised like this every time you see a left handed person use their left hand to write? Cause I still get grown people who are like this...

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#19

My Least Favorite Everyday Torture Device

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Mikleo
Community Member
3 years ago

There are left-handed versions.

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#20

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Jonathan Reyes
Community Member
3 years ago

It has a mind of its own !dang !

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#21

Funny Left Handers Problems

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varwenea
Community Member
3 years ago

Those are not worth buying anyway. They don't cut into hard frozen ice cream well enough. Use the scoop/dipper kind or the wide-spoon variety; I have the latter.

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#22

Funny-Left-Handers-Problems

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Community Member
3 years ago

That got dark real quick...

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#23

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Kim Areum
Community Member
3 years ago

j-hope mah man

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#24

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Community Member
3 years ago

Yes!

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#25

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

For everyone who uses a drawing tablet I advice to try to make it as easy as possible. I have 4 buttons and a ring. The buttons I linked to the functions: Undo (CTRL+Z), redo (Shift+CTRL+Z), brush (B), eraser (E). And for the rocker ring I did this: Brush size increase ( [ key), brush size decrease ( ] key), zoom in (CTRL + =), zoom out (CTRL + - And now everything goes a lot more easily for me personally. Maybe this will work for you too. rm-ip-tab-...1ea14a.jpg rm-ip-tab-default-598ffc81ea14a.jpg

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#26

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Sara
Community Member
3 years ago

But turn the fork-knife upside down when using it? It works!

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#27

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Rhon
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm right handed and I'm currently scrolling with my left thumb! Just being lazy!

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#28

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HauntedForests
Community Member
3 years ago

I have this problem too, but I'm right handed. So, needless to say, I don't know how to properly use a can opener. I've even broken a few. :/

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#29

Funny-left-handers-problems

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DancingToMyself
Community Member
3 years ago

At the balcony.

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#30

The Struggles Of Being Left Handed

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Again, mouse is customizable.

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#31

Funny Left Handers Problems

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

What the hell is that mutated thing?

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#32

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Šimon Špaček
Community Member
3 years ago

Download video, use mirroring (I think VLC ca do it)

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#33

Funny Left Handers Problems

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Mikleo
Community Member
3 years ago

Right-handers have the same problem on the left pages.

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#34

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Community Member
3 years ago

Nice idea actually

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#35

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Jane Van Balen
Community Member
3 years ago

Helps being a lefty on the tennis court... can be quite off putting to opponents who are more used to playing against right handers (even for other lefties!)

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#36

Maybe He Was Clever... Nope. Just Didn't Want To Get His Hand Dirty

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Šimon Špaček
Community Member
3 years ago

Do you poor lefties know that Jewish write and read from right to left? Think about all those poor right-handed Jews!

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#37

Funny-left-handers-problems

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Yasna Minkovska
Community Member
3 years ago

As a mother of a left handed kid, I've felt the same way, trying to use her lefty scissors :)

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#38

Funny-left-handers-problems

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alexa pretchet
Community Member
3 years ago

Me as a right-hander always thought, the designs are for the others, not for me (Because I already know whats on my mug so the design would cheerish the others). Having it on "my side" keeps confusing me a little bit...

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#39

Just Yet Another Leftie Problem

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Sk123 ILP123
Community Member
3 years ago

Is it a thing where people only lift cups with their dominant hand, I subconsciously alternate between the two

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#40

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HauntedForests
Community Member
3 years ago

I think the reason for this is because it would be really cool to meet someone who is ambidextrous? That's my guess anyway.

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