Left-handed people make up just 10 per cent of the world’s population — so it’s no surprise that their needs are often forgotten in the design of everyday tools and objects.
Here are 16 little obstacles that lefties face in a world designed for righties. If you’re right-handed, you’ve probably never noticed them before.
When you're left-handed, writing in spiral notebooks and three-ring binders is a special kind of torture.
The rings make it impossible for left-handed people to lay their hands flat on the page and write normally. The best solution is usually to wedge the left hand between the top two rings when writing on the top half of the page, then wedge it between the bottom two rings when writing on the bottom half.
Spoiler alert: It is not comfortable.
Reaching over and swiping the card downward in your left hand feels weird. Of course, switching it to the right hand usually feels even weirder.
Old-school can openers only work well in the right hand. Lefties have to reach across the can and turn the crank at a really awkward angle.
Car cup holders are almost never on the left. Would you want to drink piping hot coffee with your non-dominant hand?
Vegetable peelers only have one sharp side. They're designed so that when they're held in the right hand, the sharp side is on top and users can comfortably pull the tool toward themselves in a smooth, gentle motion, as seen in the photo above.
But when the peeler is held in the left hand, the sharp side of the blade is on the bottom. This means lefties have to awkwardly push the peeler away from themselves, resulting in short, jerky, uncomfortable peeling motions.
Luckily, lefties can purchase left-handed peelers that solve the problem.
The natural way to open a door is to reach across your body to grab the knob, and the default is usually to have the knob on the left-hand side. That means they're built for righties to reach across their bodies with their dominant hand. Now, imagine reaching for a knob on the left side of the door with your left hand and pulling. Basically, you end up with the door in your face.
There's a bright side, though, because lefties get the advantage when they go through that same doorway from the other direction. On the other side of the door, the knob will be on the right, so it's meant to be grabbed with the left.
When lefties draw a line along a ruler, their hands cover the numbers, so it's hard to see when to stop.
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