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TheBovrilMonkeySILVER Member
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Location: High Wycombe, England


Posted:
I've just read somewhere that people who are left handed have, on average, a life expectancy 9 years less than right handed people and I want to know why.

I've heard one theory that says because pretty much all manufacturing equipment is made for right handed people, left handed people are more at risk because they're using their weaker and less co-ordinated hand to control it.
Surely this can't amount to a substantial difference in life expectancy, anyone heard any other theories or is it all just a load of rubbish?

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colemanSILVER Member
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Posted:
the devil spawn will always be taken early.

its just more evidence of the existance of our just and almighty (right-handed) god.

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i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
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colemanSILVER Member
big and good and broken
7,330 posts
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay, United Kingdom


Posted:
the devil spawn will always be taken early.

its just more evidence of the existence of our just and almighty (right-handed) god.

"i see you at 'dis cafe.
i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
- tim westwood


Paddyback from the dead...sort of
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Location: 4341'N 7938'W


Posted:
I've heard that theory before, and I've heard that explanation for the theory as well. I don't quite buy it either.

Maybe lefties are just such happy, fun-loving people that they don't need the extra nine years?

<--- See, he's a lefty and he's pretty happy.

flidBRONZE Member
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Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom


Posted:
no, he's right handed. And he's smiling cause his right hand is doing something else

tennisBRONZE Member
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363 posts
Location: bristol, United Kingdom


Posted:
I don't want to die early. I want to annoy as many people as i can by being old, decrepid, smelly, old, smelly and repeat everything i say at least three times. I wouldn't mind missing out on the incontinence thing though.

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Mistress AuroraHot Schtuff
1,032 posts
Location: Stillwater,OK/Wichita Falls,TX


Posted:
quote:
no, he's right handed. And he's smiling cause his right hand is doing something else
flid, I will never look at that smiley the same way ever again


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Motaddict
666 posts
Location: Netherlands


Posted:
Its from stabbing yourself in the mouth with your knife all the time

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Ningalmember
23 posts
Location: So Cal


Posted:
quote:
Maybe lefties are just such happy, fun-loving people that they don't need the extra nine years?
Yea! And we are out there living life so much - all the time - until there is nothing left to live!!! So we finish up 9 years early, happy and content. And we don't have to have someone clean up after us!!!!

>^o^<


Pink...?BRONZE Member
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Posted:
What happens if you are ambidextrous(sp?)
Do you live 4 and half years less the right handed people?

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AdeSILVER Member
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1,897 posts
Location: australia


Posted:
and what happens if, as a child, that nuns pursuaded you not to be right handed? Is it all sorted with g*d then?

DentrassiGOLD Member
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Location: Brisbane, Australia


Posted:
what happens if i have no arms??? [apart from making twirling very challenging]

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TheApprovingNinjaFrom the Ashes of a Ninja Rise THE HIPS OF RAGE
371 posts
Location: Edinburgh


Posted:
speaking as a professional left handed person, we use up all our energy being creative and using the other half of our brains that there's nothing left to run the last little bit of life. It's the crappy bit at the end anyway so I don't really mind to much although being old and cranky does have a certain appeal.

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BethMiss Whippy
1,262 posts
Location: Cornwall & Oxford


Posted:
Im left handed but im ambidextrous(sp) and my right hand is stronger than my left. How long have i got to live?!?!

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DentrassiGOLD Member
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3,044 posts
Location: Brisbane, Australia


Posted:
quote:
I've heard one theory that says because pretty much all manufacturing equipment is made for right handed people, left handed people are more at risk because they're using their weaker and less co-ordinated hand to control it.

what is 'manufacturing equipment'? seriously, how many of us are exposed to heavy machinery on a daily basis? ive worked on industrial sites, and ive never encountered an object that couldnt be safely used by left and right handed people alike.... except for that bloody annoying right handed screwdriver that i cant work out......

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PsyriSILVER Member
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Location: Berkshire, UK


Posted:
What about me... I'm wierd and mixed up with a good right hand but I tried the thing where u draw with ur feet and my left fared better.... oh plus I'm a waitress and my tray arm (left) is much stronger than my right.... any judgement passed for the freaks?

FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
*bump*

I hear this the third time in my life... is there a grain of truth in it? umm

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hamamelisBRONZE Member
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756 posts
Location: Bouncing off the walls., England (UK)


Posted:
Hm.. I really should check this before posting but I'm on a slow connection and can't be bothered.. I do remember hearing premature babies are considerably more likely to be left handed- and are obviously at a higher risk of premature death- which would surely skew the stats.

I also read that different surveys have shown no link to early death from left handedness. shrug

I contact juggle better with my left hand, should that take a few months off?

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FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
If left-handedness have a lower life expectancy, are jugglers basically suicidal?

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink


astonSILVER Member
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Location: South Africa


Posted:
Only chainsaw jugglers surely?

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"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
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IgirisujinSILVER Member
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Location: Preston, United Kingdom


Posted:
Im left handed and I intend fully to die early, I refuse to get old and wrinkley and white haired and cranky!

When I hit 40 thats when I will start to live dangerously lol

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MikeGinnyGOLD Member
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13,923 posts
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA


Posted:
 Written by: Dentrassi


what happens if i have no arms??? <img src=" src="images/icons/confused.gif" /> [apart from making twirling very challenging]



Then you can't do what the waving smiley is doing with his other hand. And that would be sad. frown wink

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IgirisujinSILVER Member
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2,666 posts
Location: Preston, United Kingdom


Posted:
Yuo would have to do it for him Mike. Boy you messed up that quote good and propper didnt you!

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Posted:
i'm leftie and worried... beth!! I'm gonna die before i can fall off the ladder!!!!

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