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Massachusetts Leads The Way In Lefties

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Yesterday we celebrated Middle Child’s Day, today happens to be Left Handers Day. And while I know it’s a lot of ridiculous days to celebrate, there may be more people celebrating in Massachusetts today than almost anywhere else in the country.

Boston Magazine has found some interesting statistics that show Massachusetts has the second-highest rate of left-handedness in the United States.

They site data from National Geographic Magazine from 1992 to show that Left Handers Day might just be more widely celebrated here in the Bay State than most other states. In fact almost all of New England made the top of this list over two decades ago.

On a National scale, left handedness happens in about 10 percent of the population. But in 1992 Vermont showed the highest number of lefties, with 13.3 percent of respondent to the magazine’s questionnaire admitting to writing or throwing with their left hand. Massachusetts was just behind with 13.2 percent left handedness. Maine and Connecticut were also on the high end while North Dakota and Wyoming came in on the low end.

What exactly does all this mean? I don’t really know, the reasons for location and left handedness remain unknown. But the fact is there are a lot of lefties around here, so to them I say happy Left Handers Day!

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