Roberta was right

My sister is left-handed. And whenever we tease her about it, she insists being left-handed is an advantage, pointing out all the famous left-handed artists and athletes through history. Turns out she may be on to something:

The researchers studied about 1,800 snail fossils, looking for scarring evidence of a predator attack. Scarring was found more frequently on right-handed snails, the study said.

To which I can only respond:

Snails have hands?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

Nyuck, Nycuk...but actually I wondered the same thing Gene. This image from the research paper shows that certain snails' shells coil right and others' coil left. That is what they mean by right and left handed.

posted on Wed, 03/29/2006 - 10:48am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Who's Roberta, and why would you make fun of someone for being left-handed (or right-handed)?

posted on Wed, 03/29/2006 - 7:10pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Roberta is my kid sister. And as her bratty older brother, I reserve the right to tease her about anything. She reserves the right to annoy me right back. ;-)

posted on Fri, 03/31/2006 - 4:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why does anybody care about snails that are left handed and right handed anyway?

posted on Wed, 03/29/2006 - 4:29pm
bryan kennedy's picture

That's actually a good question. These scientists seem to be studying snails to make a larger statement that being left handed may not be as hard on humans as we thought. Seems like in some cases in nature being a specialized sub-group actually is advantageous.

posted on Thu, 03/30/2006 - 11:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

also......left handed people are considered more creative.

speaking from a true lefthander.


posted on Fri, 03/31/2006 - 6:54pm
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posted on Fri, 03/31/2006 - 7:20pm
Ellayne's picture
Ellayne says:

I've always wondered if the left-handed creativity theory was true, since I'm left-handed myself and everyone tells me what a great artist I am.

So, I'm trying to look into the fact if there really are that many left-handed artists. Can anyone give me a list of them?

posted on Wed, 06/21/2006 - 12:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I also heard that left-handed people are more creative.

posted on Fri, 11/17/2006 - 10:12am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I just spent an hour or so surfing the Web, trying to find evidence for or against this theory. It seems that a LOT of people have heard it! But nobody cites any studies or other proof that this is true.

I also found a bunch of websites that say, no, it's not true, and they base this on their explanation of how the brain works. But, again, they don't link to any studies or medical sources.

The most compelling statement I found was one that said "creativity" is so complicated, so hard to define or test, that there is no way of measuring how creative any group of people is.

posted on Wed, 12/13/2006 - 3:59pm
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Anonymous says:

I have heard that right handed people are just as creative asleft handed people. Cassie also thinks so, and Katie, Sara, Jasmine and De Lane.

posted on Fri, 11/17/2006 - 11:34am

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