Monday, August 12, 2013

Tuesday is International Left Handers Day

You know a microminiholidayette is getting near the big-time when it has its own website (where we found this image, in fact). Another indication is the fact that the Usual Suspects are in rare accord: All, or near enough, proclaim Tuesday, August 13 as International Left Handers Day.

Left-handers have had to endure persecution and prejudice down through the ages: It is no accident that the English word "sinister" is the Latin word for "left" and unlucky. The Gospel of Matthew (25:31-41) puts the saved on God's right-hand side, the damned on the left. The Palmer Method was the undoing of many natural southpaws for several generations -- and, even today, in most classrooms, scissors remain a continuing trial.

On the other hand, science apparently teaches that left-handers are right-brain dominant.

That means left-handers are the only ones in our right minds.

There are a wide variety of Tuesday birthdays as well. Sharpshooter Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Moses on August 13, 1860. Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion in the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, was born Irving Lahrheim on August 13, 1895. Director Alfred Hitchcock was born August 13, 1899. Legendary golfer Ben Hogan was born on August 13, 1912. Cuban dictator Fidel Castro turns 87 on Tuesday.

But the guaranteed-to-make-Baby-Boomers-feel-old special birthday Tuesday is that of Danny Bonaduce. He turns 54 on August 13. And, while you may not want to admit it, perhaps, not even to yourself, you can easily pick Bonaduce out of this Partridge Family photo, can't you?

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