It’s really hard for left-handed people to live in the world for right-handed people. We just struggle with regular right-handed people tasks.
We, left-handers, have to live in a right-handed world throughout our entire lives. From opening tins to simply writing, everything is harder for a left-hander.
In Latin, the word for left is sinister. And that’s for a good reason. Many, many things are sinister for lefties. While many right-handers will never experience life as a left-hander, this slideshow hopes to illustrate some of the problems that we encounter on a regular basis.
The Ink Smudge On The Bottom Of Your Left Hand
In school especially, this is incredibly annoying. Every day, you have to write out into notepads. When you’re a lefty, this means dragging your hand over the paper that has fresh ink on it. The result is smudged writing and inky hands.
Upside Down Tape Measurements
Sadly, they don’t make left-handed tape measures like how they make left-handed scissors. We just have to learn numbers upside down for all of our DIY projects.
Turns Out You Can Hold Mugs The Wrong Way Around
Left-handed people read much more upside down writing than right-handers, specifically because it’s printed on things meant to be held the other way!
Binder Ring Bruises
These metal deeleys really start to hurt after a while, making our penmanship suffer. Because our handwriting doesn’t look bad enough already!
Novelty Mugs Can Also Be Painful
What is a fun unicorn horn for most people is an obstacle to the left-handed?
Only Got One Oven Mit? Well I Guess The Food’s Going On The Floor
You either need to use your weaker hand or stick your little finger in the thumb slot. Either way, dinner probably won’t make it to the plate.
The Little Grooves Are Never On The Proper Side
To use that thing with your left hand, you have to twist your arm in such a way as to risk an emergency room visit.
Cups With Handles And Sip Holes Are Always Wrong
The only way for a left-handed person to drink from this mug involves burning your hand. It’s like in the old days when teachers would hit left-handed kids’ hands with a ruler until they wrote “properly!”
Couldn’t They Have Made 10% Of This Room’s Chairs Left-Handed?
Instead, left-handed people will have to twist uncomfortably.
The Dreaded Tin Opener
If a left-handed person were in a post-apocalyptic bunker with only tinned food, they’d starve.
Scissors (When You Finish School)
Most schools have left-handed scissors that let kids join in with all the slicing fun. But once you leave school, there are only right-handed scissors. Cue everything being chopped out awkwardly.
It looks like you’ve been crying onto the paper because of the injustice that right-handers give to left-handers every day. But you were just writing like normal.
You May As Well Bind A Notepad With Barbed Wire
This is like walking over broken glass for left-handers.
Typing Numbers On A Keyboard
If anyone started to sell a keyboard with number keys on the left-hand side, they’d made lots of money!
If a left-handed person needs to use someone else’s computer, then this crossed hands working method always happens. It’s confusing!
Power Tools Are 10,000 Times More Dangerous
Just imagine using this with a blade with your left hand!
Playing Computer Games
Most computer games use the W, A, S and D keys to move characters around. Lefties like to use the I, J, K and L keys. But some games discriminate and don’t let that happen!
The Left-Handed Writing Cramp
For a left-hander, writing for an extended period of time is like climbing Mount Everest. Your hand just wants to fall off afterward!
The Lack Of Left-Handed Mice
Mice that are left-handed are so expensive. Most southpaws just use right-handed mice with their left hand.
Chipped Mugs On The Left Side Lead To Cut Lips
For most people, the mug is still fine. But for the left-handed, it could mean stiches.
Any Foreign Meat Chopping Devices
If a leftie isn’t careful, their fingers will become the meat that’s chopped off.
Oval In The Answer
Sure, this is much easier for right-handers but much harder for left-handers. Perfect circles are handed neutral!
When The Coin Slot Is Unreachable
Just add a bit more space on the left-hand side of the slot, and this wouldn’t be an issue!
The Coolest Instrument In The World Is Annoying
Lots of talented guitarists are/were left-handed. Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain are often cited. But thanks to the lack of left-handed guitars, they had to restring right-handed guitars and hold them upside down.
Unfair Price Increases
It’s the exact same product, but they’ve jacked up the price a little because fewer people use it.
Pen Cords Being Stretched To Their Max
It’s even worse when the pen is on a chain, like at the bank.
Things That Are Supposed To Make Things Easier Make Things Harder
Ice cream is tricky to scoop, so the ice cream scooper has a metal thing to make it shift easier. Unless you have to use your non-dominant hand.
Fork Knives Taunt Us
It’s just a fork with a useless bit on the top for us!
Everyone Thinks That Your Ticks Are The Wrong Way Round
A tick is a tick, no matter the direction it faces!
Jar Knives Are Useless
Sure, most people can scrape the edges of a jar of peanut butter more easily, but not us.
When Stuff Has No Reason To Be Right-Handed But Is
That’s just designed to stain left-handed people’s clothes.
Multitasking While Using A Keyboard Is Impossible
How easy life must be for people that can use hotkeys and write at the same time!
Ballpoint Pens Barely Ever Work
The right-handed way of writing means that the balls in ballpoint pens are pulled. But with left-handed writing, the ball is being pushed, meaning that it is less efficient and the ink doesn’t always pour out properly.
You Can’t Sit Next To A Right-Hander Without Annoying Them
Whether you’re eating, writing or playing a board game, your elbow will bump and possibly tangle with whoever’s sitting next to you.
Confusing Drinks With The Person Opposite You
If you’re in a restaurant and get a drink, you’ll place the glass on your left side. The person opposite you is probably right-handed, so they’ll place it on their right side. The result? Two glasses right next to each other. Confusion ensues.
Zippers Are Harder To Unzip
The material covering up a zipper always goes over the left-hand side. You have to hook your fingers around this to unzip!
Peelers Are Much Harder To Use
Righties get to pull the peeler to themselves. But lefties have to pull the peeler away, which is a much more difficult motion!
Cameras Are The Wrong Way Round
Spare a thought for left-handed photographers. They try to snap a photo of something that’s only there for a split second. But they miss out on this because they tried to press the button on the left-hand side of the camera when the button is actually on the right!
Drawing a Line The Right Length On A Ruler
The point where you have to stop drawing the line will always be covered by your hand until it’s too late!
There’s Always A Lack Of Left Handed Supplies
At school, it’s sports equipment. In some jobs, it’s safety knives. At many kinds of days out, it’s all sorts of equipment you’ve never heard of before. One thing that you can be sure of is that they haven’t got enough left-handed supplies to go round, so someone left-handed is going to have to try to use the right-handed equipment. Again.
Of course, there are some things that left-handed people excel at. They’re more likely to be the president, be better at sports and be more creative. That’s all the more impressive once you consider that they have to struggle through a right-handed world every day!
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