Oh to be famous

Day fifteen of the ‘Blogging from A-Z Challenge’.  It seems that being famous is not the domain of the right handed.  There are plenty of lefties out there who have gone on to do great things, so many in fact that there is a day set aside each year to celebrate their success.  August 13 is the annual lefthander’s day.  More information can be found here Lefthandersday.com.  I’m going to mark it in my diary straight away.

Some of the most successful people ever have preferred their left hand.  Leonardo Da Vinci must be considered as one of the most accomplished people throughout history.  His drawing skills and inventiveness, some argue, have never been surpassed.  Whilst we are on artists, Peter Paul Rubens, one of the great masters was of the same persuasion.  It turns out that he was also a diplomat to both Spain and England.

The acting profession also has its fair share of household names who lead with their left hand including funny man Jim Carrey, one time Hollywood’s highest paid actress Angelina Jolie, famous for playing Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, as well as Australian actress and film producer Nicole Kidman.  I should also mention Marilyn Monroe and Chewbacca the Wookie.

The author Lewis Carroll wrote his famous books ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ with his left hand and in a similar vein, so did Matt Groening, creator of ‘The Simpsons’.  One of his greatest characters Bart Simpson was also left handed as you can see in the opening sequence when he writes out his punishment on the blackboard.  I wonder why that was.

Cutting edge fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who by the way never received formal training as a designer, mixes well with other left-handers from the world of musical entertainment such as Celine Dion, Eminem and Jimi Hendrix.  Now there’s a concert worth getting a ticket for.  Television fairs just as well with notable presenters such as Charlie Dimmock, ‘Ground Force’ presenter and gardening expert or Nicholas Parsons host of ‘Sale of the Century’ and ‘Just a Minute’.  Before you say anything the radio show has had a few appearances on television, most recently to mark its forty fifth anniversary.

Sports stars include local boy Bobby Charlton, Babe Ruth and you can’t be serious tennis player John McEnroe.

There are many other famous people who were left-handed including one of the cleverest men ever, Albert Einstein who was apparently no Einstein when he was at school (old joke sorry), Napoleon Bonaparte, which would explain why he put his right hand into his waistcoat, Jack The Ripper, although never having caught him I’m not sure how they really know, and Julius Caesar, considered by many to be one of the greatest military commanders to have walked the face of the earth.

Finally, Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the face of the moon was left-handed.  I can’t find any evidence of which hand Adam preferred.

So there you have it.  Right-handers may dominate mankind but they do not have a monopoly of success.

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