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Strongly right-handed
  10015 votes / 47%
Right-handed, but not strongly
  5353 votes / 25%
Ambidextrous
  1331 votes / 6%
Left-handed, but not strongly
  1571 votes / 7%
Strongly left-handed
  1943 votes / 9%
I don't use hands
  899 votes / 4%
21112 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
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  • Mixed-handedness (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 22, 2013 @06:28PM (#43252453)

    I am apparently "mixed-handed", according to Wikipedia. I can only write left-handed, and I prefer to use a fork left-handed, but for everything else I'm right-handed.

    • This is funny. I have been doing what you describe for years, yet never wanted to designate myself as "ambidextrous", although I can even ( after some adjustment time in the order of magnitude of ten seconds ) shoot a rifle and a pistol left-handed. Now you gave me the word for it: "mixed-handed". Hah !
      • by Dahamma (304068)

        Why do I find it somewhat telling but sad that I have read three posts so far that define their "handedness" by how they shoot a gun?

        Then again, I suppose it does actually test muscle memory and arm strength, hand-eye coordination, as well as eye dominance... I have done some target shooting and am very left handed in that regard. As fucked up as it seems it may just be one of the better determinants of handedness... (after "DO YA LIKE GREEN SCISSORS?" of course).

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Massive146 (633394)
          Generally, whether you shoot left-handed or right-handed should depend on which is your dominant eye. So sometimes you actually end up with right-handed, left-eye dominant people shooting left-handed.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocular_dominance [wikipedia.org]
          http://www.huntersfriend.com/eye-dominance-issues.htm [huntersfriend.com]
          • After I watched "Silverado", I started training on my two-handed pistol shooting. I practiced using my left eye to aim my left hand, and got pretty darn good at it.
            Drinking kinda messed up my steadiness, I should have stuck to the herb.

            • by Fluffeh (1273756)

              Drinking kinda messed up my steadiness, I should have stuck to the herb.

              I don't know what is scarier. A drunk person with a gun, a stoned person with a gun or a person who owns a gun who does both.

              • I adhere strictly to protocol. Safety takes care of itself. Plenty of sober idiots out there making statistics, nobody's paying me enough to hurt myself.

                • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

                  by jadv (1437949)
                  Sorry if I'm misjudging you, but you come across as very similar to those people who claim to "drive better when drunk."
          • by ai4px (1244212)
            left/right eye dominate, right/left handed people make the best archers.
        • Re:Mixed-handedness (Score:4, Interesting)

          by hardburlyboogerman (161244) <kwsmith41747@windstream.net> on Saturday March 23, 2013 @09:33AM (#43256315) Homepage Journal

          I trained as a sniper long ago.I can shoot equally well either way.I can put a bullet where I want is up to a mile range without a scope.Any longer range using a scope,I'm definitely right handed.
          I learned how to write left handed when I was in the first grade after my right hand was crushed by a home delivery milk truck in the early 1960s.Took forever to heal and I've kept it up.Drives the banks crazy because I sign the checks I write with either hand.Love messing with their heads.
          My late Mother was left handed but was retrained to write right handed.My sister Terry is definitely a lefty.
          Handedness may be hard wired but can be modified.I'm a prime example.

          • Let me chime in as another who was "cured" of being left handed in grade school. Sister Mary Pat had some very definite, if old-fashioned, ideas. To this day, my handwriting is barely legible.
        • by dwillden (521345)
          Good, question, why do you find it sad? Shooting is a great sport, it's fun to do and contrary to hoplophobic claims it is quite safe to do, you just have to ensure that you always follow the three rules of safe firearm handling. Most firearm owners can and do go their life shooting frequently and never know anyone who has been shot, let alone shoot anyone accidentally.

          But it's also a key factor to this question as shooting involves not only which hand is dominant but also which eye, and they can be th
          • by Kittenman (971447)

            Good, question, why do you find it sad? Shooting is a great sport, it's fun to do and contrary to hoplophobic claims it is quite safe to do, you just have to ensure that you always follow the three rules of safe firearm handling. Most firearm owners can and do go their life shooting frequently and never know anyone who has been shot, let alone shoot anyone accidentally.

            OK, I admit it - I had to look up 'hoplophobic' (though I knew it's meaning from context). I also think it's sad. Why? When a gun/rifle is part of your life it becomes an option for everything. Should /. ever have a poll along the lines of 'When you find a burglar in your home, what do you do?" and answers along the lines of 'Call the cops'/'Throw Cowboy Neal at them'/'Scream like a girl'/Shoot them' I suspect most people who choose the 'Shoot them' option will be a) those with a gun in the house, and

            • Re:Mixed-handedness (Score:4, Informative)

              by Ch_Omega (532549) on Sunday March 24, 2013 @05:22PM (#43265241) Journal

              . I also think it's sad. Why? When a gun/rifle is part of your life it becomes an option for everything.

              Really? I have three guns, and I only use them for punching holes in paper from extended ranges, which I find relaxing. And truth be told, the only other option I can think of for them, is hunting, which I don't do. But, thanks for telling me how I should behave and think in order to fit your prejudices.

          • by Dahamma (304068)

            Good, question, why do you find it sad? Shooting is a great sport, it's fun to do and contrary to hoplophobic claims it is quite safe to do, you just have to ensure that you always follow the three rules of safe firearm handling. Most firearm owners can and do go their life shooting frequently and never know anyone who has been shot, let alone shoot anyone accidentally.

            Yes, I already said I go target shooting once in a while (in fact, last time was in Vegas with an MP5 and a P90 ;) - and I have taken a firearm safety class. I don't have any problem with people target shooting and I am not anti-gun (pro gun control, yes).

            That doesn't mean I can't still think it's somewhat telling in our society that so many people would define their handedness with the hand they use to shoot with instead of the hand they use to write with.

      • by reboot246 (623534) on Saturday March 23, 2013 @06:26AM (#43255717) Homepage
        I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
      • by heypete (60671)

        I'm strongly left-handed and left eye dominant for most things, but I simply can't use a computer mouse with the left hand -- using it with the right hand is "just the way it's done".

        When it comes to shooting, I prefer shooting left-handed and with my left eye but can swap shoulders and which eye I use for aiming reasonably well.

        Mixed-handed indeed.

        • by Creepy (93888)

          Yeah - I'm in the same boat - strong lefty, but mouse right, play right handed instruments, etc. The instrument thing was no big deal as my first instrument was piano (a very ambi-leaning instrument), so picking up other righty instrument never felt unnatural. I couldn't bat right or throw right if I tried, but I can throw a frisbee and toss a basketball fairly competently right handed because I practiced them a lot. In Ultimate, you are a lot harder to defend if you can throw both, and in basketball being

        • Many, if not most, left handed people end up doing some tasks right-handed. These are the tasks that require a piece of equipment that's made for use with the right hand.

          For example, I'm left-handed but I use right-handed scissors with my right hand, operate the mouse that's provided at the right side of the computer with my right hand, and play a right-handed bass guitar.
        • After years of tensing up my right arm and shoulder from right mousing, I moved to left handed mousing.

          It was awkward for about 3 or four days work, and now feels much more comfortable. I can and do mouse equally as well regardless of hand (alhtough button configurations can be an issue)

      • I always referred to it as "Ambidextrous, Right hand dominant" I can't write left handed, but I use the left hand for my fork when eating, I and prefer left-handed tape measures, and can operate a hammer left or right handed equally well. My mom tells me that when i was little, I was almost uniformly ambidextrous, but due to simple habit obtained through practice, I've become the way I am. I think part of my left hand skill lies in the fact that, while I am right hand dominant, I am left eyed, which makes s
    • by timothy (36799) Works for Slashdot

      Drat! You'e right, that would have been a good option in there.

      I wonder how many people who think of themselves as ambidextrous are more properly mixed-handed -- probably a great many.

      timothy

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by arth1 (260657)

        You're joking, right?

        If there's a missing option, it's ambilevous or ambisinister - equally clumsy with both hands.

      • I suspect it's also a bit of necessity being the mother of "coordinated with both hands". As an extreme example, I remember photos of a woman with no arms answering a phone with one foot while standing on the other. Performing tasks with the least favored flipper is clumsy, and who wants to be clumsy when one has a much more coordinated appendage right there, um, handy. I lost the temporary use of my "usual hand" during a bookcase move for a family member...yeah, brother-in-lawed was I, and still rememb
        • Yes. I had surgery on my strong arm, and had it in a sling for several weeks, and the learning curve can be quick, but nasty. On the other hand, I can now shoot sporting clays, and pool, left handed, if I want to. The hard part of doing things left handed is that I am right eye dominant, so I have to think about things instead of just doing.
          • So do you think there are a finite number of tasks your brain can do on autopilot? If the brain is merely an organic computer, there must be a limit to it's storage capacity... I've wondered to myself on occasion whether or not I have to forget things I haven't used recently to install new things that come along.
            • by hedwards (940851)

              Your brain can do most things on autopilot if you do them enough. The trick is preventing your brain from doing that in most cases. If the behavior is desirable, then it's probably tolerable, otherwise it can take a long time to fix automatic behavior.

              But, as a general rule, if you're not doing something automatically, it's usually because you're not doing it the same way each time.

      • by Cinder6 (894572)

        I put ambidextrous, though mixed-handed would probably be a better choice, because I can't write well with my right hand (though I can do basically everything else with it). I was originally strongly left-handed, and still default to using my left hand. I think what helped me develop my right hand was the martial arts and my determination not to be deficient on one side.

        Since it's popular to say...I shoot left-handed by default, but am right-eyed! It took some adjusting to shoot with my left eye, and my acc

    • I can only write left-handed, and I prefer to use a fork left-handed, but for everything else I'm right-handed.

      The hand you use your fork in depends on table manners not just handed-ness. In Europe a right-handed person holds their knife in their right hand and their fork in their left hand.

      • by Garridan (597129)
        Table manners, indeed. I use my fork in my right hand, and if some bit of food truly refuses to go onto the fork, I push it on with a finger. On the rare instance that I need a steak knife (steak too big to lift with fork and bite chunks off), then the fork goes over to the left, and I grab the knife with the right. Suddenly, I'm the image of good table manners! (apparently)
    • When you say you use a fork left-handed, do you mean you hold the fork in your right hand, or that you use it properly?
    • by hedwards (940851)

      Writing shouldn't really count, because languages are typically right to left or left to right, if you wish to write with the other hand, it involves more than just coordinating the motions, it means that you're having to learn a whole new skill.

      Which is probably easier for somebody that's left handed as writing left handed is far more difficult than writing right handed.

      It's mostly a matter of development, if you don't use both hands, the brain doesn't really get a chance to adjust to the other hand being

      • It's funny that you should mention playing table tennis left-handed. I tried learning to do that in college. I was one of the stronger players in my social circle, playing right-handed but I wanted to be able to switch. Unfortunately, the weaker players in the circle got offended that I was "handicapping" myself by playing left-handed against them, so I had to quit. (The difference between my right-handed and left-handed play was great enough that it was hard for me to actually learn playing that way a

        • by hedwards (940851)

          The easiest way to learn is to play with people that don't know you, or really when you first start learning to play. That way, you don't have to worry about that. By the time I left China, I had gotten rather good with either hand, but I can't play an entire match with one hand or the other, after a few rounds I lose focus and my play deteriorates.

          In practice, I don't think it really takes that much time to develop, I think it's mainly the eyes that need to adjust rather than the arm.

      • When I play badminton I found I was switching hands rather than playing backhand. There probably isn't enough time to do this with ping pong.
    • Same Here.I write right handed but learned to drive left handed.Might be where I learned to drive on an old 1964 Ford Pickup with 3 on the Tree(3 Speed Column shift - Remember those?)When hardware hacking and typing,I use both hands equally well.Go Figure

    • by tverbeek (457094)
      I'm definitely right-handed (my attempts to write with my left hand are damn near illegible), but there are certain tasks that - for various reasons - I routinely do with my left hand instead. Americans think I eat "left-handed" because I keep my fork in my left hand, but that's just something I picked up when I went to school in Europe, and found it practical. In drawing classes I got in the habit of making marks with my right hand and erasing with my left, or making one kind of mark with one hand (e.g.
    • I can do virtually everything more or less equally well with either hand, except write. My school insisted that I write with my right hand, and consequently I now can't do this at all; I think I am naturally ambidextrous but in practice describe myself as left handed because of writing.

      Apropos my .sig, I'm prepared to bet that had this poll been set on Slashdot fifteen years ago - or even just ten - you wouldn't have seen a right handed majority. While right handedness is common in the general population, i

    • by c++0xFF (1758032)

      I'm strongly right handed in almost everything.

      And yet, I shuffle and deal cards left handed. I tie knots left handed. When riding a bike one-handed, I use my left hand. There's probably a half dozen other things that I could add to that list.

      As near as I can figure, it's only by chance. I learned to tie my shoes left handed, and never went back. I've done it so long that way that I'm more comfortable using my left than my right.

  • Missing option (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) on Friday March 22, 2013 @06:32PM (#43252497)
    Strongly right handed, but force myself to use my left hand.
    I have found it smart to work on making my left hand more useful. I spend a lot of my free time working on old cars, and motorcycles. Sometimes you just can't reach with your right hand, and it is very "handy" to have developed a reasonable amount of dexterity in your non-dominant hand.
    • Re:Missing option (Score:5, Interesting)

      by zzottt (629458) on Friday March 22, 2013 @06:39PM (#43252555) Journal
      I have the same opinion. My trick is to focus on my left hand thumb before I try doing anything detail specific with my left hand. In focusing on the thumb, I find it easier to wrap my mind around using it like my right hand. Generally it works pretty well.
    • by Z00L00K (682162)

      I agree - working on cars and motorcycles makes it necessary to be ambidextrous. I still prefer the right hand, but the left is almost as good for most of those tasks.

  • by VinylRecords (1292374) on Friday March 22, 2013 @06:35PM (#43252537)

    I would say that I'm ambidextrous, because I use my left hand for lots of tasks (mouse, forks, spoons, toothbrush, pool cue), but then I use my right hand for lots of similar tasks (IBM trackpoint, tv remote, video games). I play almost all sports right-handed especially when equipment is a factor (golf clubs, baseball glove, etc.). Yet I write and eat with my left hand always.

    I've always heard the argument. "You are probably left-handed but learned lots of tasks from right-handed people which is why you use both hands". But I can clearly feel a mental difference with certain tasks when using the right side of my body versus using the left.

    It seems to me that whatever hand I learn something with first I end up using permanently. It seems like whenever a new task is introduced to me I subconsciously try the task out with one hand and then go with that for the rest of my life. I first used a mouse on a PC with my left hand and never looked back. But for console video games I never change the layout to a left-handed layout.

    Studies say that left-handed people live around a year less than right-handed people. Maybe it's all that stress from having to use so many right-handed things like almost every door having its handle on the right side. I can't count the number of times I've swiped my subway card on the left side (the wrong side) without even thinking about it.

    By the way this poll is the typical Slashdot poll where it is missing an option. Ambidextrous literally means "uses two right hands". Dexter is Latin for right. Sinister is Latin for left. So someone who is ambisinistrous is someone who has "two left hands" and is likely highly uncoordinated. Where is the ambisinistrous option for all of the people who have zero dexterity?

  • by johnlcallaway (165670) on Friday March 22, 2013 @06:40PM (#43252561)
    I shoot billiards, guns, and arrows left handed, I think because that's my dominate eye and has better acuity according to eye tests. I see 20-10 out of my left eye, and 'only' 20-15 out of my right (far-sightedness corrected with glasses). My eye doctor says I have really good visual acuity, but my eyes are football shaped and I can't focus on things at a distance. In fact, I take my glasses off to do up-close work.

    I tune my guitar with my left ear, it seems to be better at discerning sounds. At least it seems to, audio tests suggest I hear equally well out of both ears, but if I really want to listen to something, I always turn my left ear towards the sound.

    Writing, tool usage, throwing and such are all right handed.
    • Your comment makes me think. Only after my right ear became half-deaf ( "noise-deaf" ) in the French Foreign Legion, from shooting rifles and rocket-launchers without ear protection, the left-handed side of my body gradually became more skilled, as if by compensation. I had never before thought on the possible link between hearing acuity and handedness. This is the most thought-provoking Slashdot poll I ever read :-)
      • Generally, the right side of the brain deals with the left side of the body and vice versa. This is not true of eyes and ears, which are located so close to the brain that they're directly wired in to their respective sides.
    • Dominance isn't due to "better", except, maybe, in extreme cases.

      Hold your thumb out at arms length and "cover" some object on an opposing wall. Close each eye, in turn, to see which is really covering the object.

      Although my right eye has consistently had slightly better vision, I have always been left-eye dominant (cross-dominant); there have been some suggestions of associated co-"illnesses", like ADD, but I don't know if the evidence is strong enough for any solid correlation.

      BTW, an AR-15/M-16 ejects s

      • by nojayuk (567177)

        Many auto-loading weapons are a problem for left-handers. The British Army's LA-85 bullpup rifle has a cocking handle that will remove teeth if mounted on the left shoulder. They now train everyone to shoot off the right shoulder. When I was shooting self-loading pistols left-handed I'd occasionally get a hot case flung into my face which made me more religious about wearing my polycarbonate safety glasses.

        • by heypete (60671)

          I'm left-handed and never had issues with brass from M16/AR-15 pattern rifles when I was in the army (or with my personally-owned ones) -- maybe they've improved the brass deflectors? The hot gas and oil that gets forced from the ejection port, on the other hand...

          I once fired a .22LR bullpup off the left shoulder. The charging handle hit me square in the jaw. Didn't lose anything teeth, but it still hurt like hell for a day or so and that's just from a .22. A 5.56mm NATO-drive charging handle would do a bi

          • by nojayuk (567177)

            Clothing and hot brass...

            Back when I was shooting regularly on an open line I tended to stand on the right of someone shooting the same calibre as I was and made sure he wasn't using Blazer. Free reloading supplies, yay!

  • I was on the fence (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Grayhand (2610049) on Friday March 22, 2013 @07:22PM (#43252975)
    It's kind of tricky because I tended to be ambidextrous at a young age and would switch hands when writing. The teachers forced me to use my right hand, grew up in the 60s. I'm naturally left handed and have all the left handed traits. I can sculpt equally well with both hands, I often work both sides of a large sculpture at the same time, and use tools with both. I fence and both shoot pistols and bow equally well right and left handed. What I find is everyone is born with a dominate hand but left handed people are often forced to use their right hand and tend to be ambidextrous more often than right handed people. It makes a straight answer difficult but since I can do most things equally well with either hand I had to answer ambidextrous. It comes in handy because when one hand gets tired I can switch without breaking stride. It's upsetting teachers especially in the past tend to pressure kids to be right handed.
    • by jamesh (87723)
      My two youngest kids are both left handed. One of them would default to using her left hand for writing but could switch hands without breaking stride when prompted. When she broke her left arm she switched to using her right hand and I figured it would stick and I was somewhat relieved as being left handed does put you at a mechanical disadvantage in a right handed world. Once her arm was healed though she went right on back to being left handed. She was 4 or 5 at the time.
    • by Nutria (679911)

      he teachers forced me to use my right hand, grew up in the 60s.

      And they were wise to do so, even though it's supposedly mean, cruel and horrible.

      I was born lame in my right arm, so must write with my left hand. Starting in approx 7th grade in the mid 1970s I'd come home every school day having a long blue stain on the outside of my left palm from where my hand dragged through the not yet fully dry ink from the Bic pens we all used. The papers I turned in and the notes I took were always smeared. Even pencil graphite smudged.

      (My son also writes left-handed, but he ei

      • by verifine (685231)

        Beats me how you can justify a teacher forcing a child to switch hands. When my mother was a child (yes, in a one-room schoolhouse), she was forced to switch and become right handed. I asked her why she didn't simply switch back, and she said she'd been writing so long with her right hand that she really couldn't. She always struggled to write neatly.

        When I entered first grade Mom told me that if the teacher tried to make me use my right hand, to tell the teacher she'd be having a conversation with my mo

  • I was switched... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by theshibboleth (968645) on Friday March 22, 2013 @07:31PM (#43253067)
    I was switched by a stupid teacher from left-handed to right-handed... I blame some of my coordination issues on this. I assume this poll is asking about current usage as opposed to biological predisposition; if the former I'm moderately right-handed; if the latter I'm left-handed. Interestingly even so there are still certain things I do instinctively with my left hand like holding objects, etc. I write with my right hand, but in general I feel almost like I'm doing the equivalent of brute-force attacks when I use my right hand.
    • Adding to this, this poll caught me into my habitual learn-to-do-things-left-handed-again phase... I'm faster than most of my peers at typing and I credit this to having some skill in both hands; even so I do strange things like stretching with my left hand to hit the h, so in typing I'm almost more left-handed (although I realize in a sense I'm just not typing correctly).
  • I.e.: clumsy with both hands. At least where writing is cioncerned. I can manage finely controlled manual tasks just fine, though. I suspect I also was "switched" from left handed to right handed by a sequence of stupid teachers, because some tell me I used to write with my left hand when I was a kid. On the other hand (no pun intended), while I write horribly with my right hand, I can draw relatively well with it, and it takes me some effort to draw left-handed. I guess that the brain can adapt, within lim
  • Ahh, the leftorium. [leftorium.com] I voted right-handed but not strongly. That was a missing obligatory geek plug.
  • I am sure my son was forced to switch hands by a preschool teacher, and that was in 1989. We didn't realize what was going on at first, because we could not believe that this kind of crap was still going on. So, I am curious, how many people think they were switched, and when did they start school?
    • I'm a musician and I'm a mess: guitar right hand, pool both, drum dominent left hand open style, bass drum right, double bass drum left.

      I had pressure to go right in 1-2 grade. Never took.

    • by jamesh (87723)

      I am sure my son was forced to switch hands by a preschool teacher, and that was in 1989. We didn't realize what was going on at first, because we could not believe that this kind of crap was still going on. So, I am curious, how many people think they were switched, and when did they start school?

      My two youngest kids are lower primary school age and are both left handed. We lightly encouraged them both to use their right hand when they were first learning to write but they are both very definitely left handed. The older of the two could happily switch hands for a few years but always went back to using her left, even after a number of weeks with her left arm in a cast when she broke it.

      Their teachers never did anything more than a bit of mild encouragement either, as far as I know. And like our at

  • strongly right-handed, but I can write left-handed from right to left....

    • by Wycliffe (116160)

      I've also discovered the ability to write backwards with my left hand and wonder how common it is.
      I can also start in the center of the page with a pencil in each hand and write almost perfect mirror images.
      I wouldn't consider myself strongly right handed though as I play pool left handed and bowl equally good
      with either hand (but I do notice in bowling that the ball curves in opposite directions as well).

    • Same, except I don't think that my right-handedness is particularly strong. The fact is that a left-handed person writing with his left hand is not equivalent to a right-handed person writing with his right hand. One is pushing the pen while the other is pulling it - a completely different type of action. I find that writing backwards (unfamiliar) with my off hand (also unfamiliar) is much easier than writing forwards with my off hand or writing backwards with my strong hand.

  • by Tarq666 (545095) on Friday March 22, 2013 @09:14PM (#43253801)
    I'm left-handed and have noticed that a lot of other people in the English education field here in Japan are also left-handed. At one school 9 out of 10 of the teachers were left-handed and I went to a seminar recently where all 6 attendees were left-handed. Are there any other language teachers here? Have you noticed anything similar?
  • I'd give my right arm to be ambidexterous!

    (old joke, someone had to say it)

  • My Great Gandfather was a lefty and couldn't afford a left handed set clubs. He would play left handers and bet them one club if they switched bags for a round. He got a whole bag full of clubs that way.

  • My parents meant well, but it's probably why I'm bloody uncoordinated...

  • I'm mostly left-handed, with one exception. A couple of years ago I went to a shooting range for the first time, and when I shouldered a shotgun, the instructor noticed my hesitation whether to place the stock on my left or right shoulder. I told him I'm left-handed, but he said, "No, you're not". Shooting from the right shoulder went fine.

  • I've never seen or heard of an ambidextrous pitcher. Can you imagine the benefit, though? Switch-hitters are prized for the ability to adapt to a pitcher, but if the pitcher could adapt to the hitter? It'd be amazing.

    Now, it might be impossible -- that competitive pitching requires you to make your body significantly asymmetrical -- perhaps the extra mass of the muscles on the other side would slow you down.

    I mean, we've had an All-Star pitcher with just one arm! And he pitched a no-hitter in the bigs!

  • I mostly do everything right-handed, except my left hand has more "balance." I can driver better with my left hand only compared with my right hand. In fact, I drive better with my left hand only than with both hands. On a motorcycle (and bicycle) you have to use two hands of course, but I can balance the bike better with left hand only than with right hand only.
  • by spaceyhackerlady (462530) on Saturday March 23, 2013 @06:24PM (#43259677)

    I'm nominally right-handed but can do most tasks (except for writing) left-handed.

    I currently have two vehicles, one left-hand drive, one right-hand drive. So I'm used to shifting gears both ways.

    I recently had my first experience flying an airplane from the right seat and working controls (throttle, prop, mixture, etc.) with my left hand. In this case it was a regulatory thing, a tourist who didn't have time to do the paperwork with the local aviation authorities. Advanced student flight training involves a lot of right seat flying, because one's first job is almost certainly going to be a co-pilot or a flight instructor in the right seat. You need to get used to it.

    ...laura

  • Since we're discussing where left-handers differs, I thought those 2 up:
    - How do you handle double-doors, do you use the right hand to pull/push when going through?
    I push on either door, always with my main hand.
    I always pull the same door as my main hand.

    - How do you unlock/open the car's door, do you use the key's hand to open?
    Since I leave the key in the lock until I'm done, I never have this problem be it on the driver's or passenger's side.

  • I'd be strongly right-handed but somebody placed the most frequently used characters on the left side of the keyboard for maybe no particularly good reasons [wikipedia.org], so I'm mostly left handed when I type.
  • I do some things (like write) left handed, but use my right hand for other things (e.g. I bat right handed). For years I searched for the factors that made any given activity a left- or right-handed one, until a few years ago when I finally noticed the pattern.

    I do single-handed activities left handed, and two-handed things the way a typical right-handed person would. Tennis is a left-handed thing, but a two-handed bat (or golf club) grip makes me a righty, there. A fork goes in the left hand (which make

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