Southpaws celebrate annual 'Left-Handed Day'

August 13, 2011 4:05:09 PM PDT
August 13 may have no significance on the calendar, but to thousands of lefties, the day has special meaning.

Saturday marked the 19th annual International Lefthanders Day, a day when southpaws celebrate the advantages -- and perceived disadvantage -- of being left-handed.

The day is "an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed," according to the official event website.

According to the organizer's website, the event is celebrated across the globe, with 20 officially-recognized events being held around the world.

"(The day) means an awareness that we're here," said left-handed UC Berkeley student Jon Kotker. "An awareness that right-handed tools might not always be kind to us."

Famous lefties include singer and actress Judy Garland, novelist H. G. Wells, former president Bill Clinton and current president Barack Obama.