Weird Holidays – August 13, 2009

Today is NATIONAL BLAME SOMEONE ELSE DAY. ***MARLAR: And if you don’t like it, tough – it wasn’t my idea in the first place.

Today is NATIONAL FILET MIGNON DAY. ***MARLAR: Unfortunately, today you have to eat it using your left hand only.

Today is NATIONAL LEFT-HANDERS DAY. ***MARLAR: And now, some left-handed facts.

o Studies show that 56 percent of all typing is done with the left hand.

o “Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand. (“Lollipop” is the longest with your right hand only.)

o Why do most people wear their watch on the left hand? Early watches had to be wound, and the knob on the right made it easier to wind.

o The wedding ring: Its circular shape is believed to symbolize endless love. Ancient Egyptians began the tradition of placing it on the third finger of the left hand because they believed that the vein in that finger ran directly to the heart.

o Over 2,500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right-handed people.

o A tenth of the full-term babies are left-handed. But more than half the babies born at least two months prematurely are left handed.

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