No Southpaws Left Behind: Monday is International Left-Handers Day

Monday's holiday celebrates the world's lefties and draws attention the disadvantages they face.

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They may only make up 10 percent of the population, but on Monday, no southpaws are left behind.

International Left-Handers Day celebrates lefties worldwide, which includes all but two of the last seven presidents. The holiday, launched by The Left-Handers Club, aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the disadvantages facing left-handed people the world round.

"The holiday and its celebrations" have successfully led to improved product design and greater consideration of our needs by the right-handed majority -- although there is still a long way to go!!" reads the club's holiday announcement.

But considering some of the big names the left-handed minority claims as its own, it may not need much help.

For one, President Barack Obama is left-handed, as are Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan before him. So left-handers are powerful. They're smart as well, claiming the most famous scientist of the 20th century, Albert Einstein, one of its most famous businessmen, Henry Ford, and one of the great American writers, Mark Twain. They must be artistic, as Lady Gaga, Jimi Hendrix, and Leonardo da Vinci all favor their lefts. They're pretty athletic, too -- Pele, Larry Bird, Tim Tebow, and former baseball greats Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds are all lefties.

Scientists have long attempted to understand the differences between left- and right-handers. Some studies have shown lefties are more likely to develop developmental disorders and mental illness. Others have shown left-handers more may process language differently because they rely more on the right side of their brain, which controls the left hand.

Here's a slideshow of some of the world's most famous southpaws.

Seth Cline is a reporter with U.S. News and World Report. Contact him on at scline@usnews.com or follow him on Twitter.