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			FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
				   FOR
			THE LEFT-HANDED POPULATION
				   AND
			  FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS


I Table of Contents
   Welcome
   Introduction
   Credits
   Frequently Asked Questions
   Questions and Answers

II Welcome

Welcome to official Usenet Guide to Frequently Asked Questions for the
Left-Handed Population. It is posted periodically to the alt.lefthanders
newsgroup and the general newsgroups alt.answers and news.answers. It is
available via anonymous ftp from:

     ftp://ftp.cs.ruu.nl/pub/NEWS.ANSWERS/lefty-faq
     /ftp@mirrors.aol.com:/pub/rtfm/usenet/alt.lefthanders/ 

Also, you can find a URL version on the World Wide Web at:

     http://www.cs.ruu.nl/wais/html/na-dir/lefty-faq.html
    

III Introduction

There exists in the world a very special group of individuals who is left
handed. This group has had to spend its life conforming to a world that
was not designed for its benefit. In addition, this group has had to put
up with insults and derogatory comments aimed in its direction. The intent
of this document is to provide a source of information for the left-
handed population and to serve as a consciousness raising tool about
issues of special concern for lefties for the population in general. It
is sincerely hoped that it serves its goal.

IV Credits

This FAQ is maintained by Barry D. Benowitz (b.benowitz@telesciences.com)
All corrections, additions (including new questions) and suggestions
are welcome.

===== Copyright 1995 - 2000 by Barry D. Benowitz.  Use and
copying of this information are permitted as long as (1) no fees or
compensation are charged for use, copies or access to this
information, and (2) this copyright notice is included intact.  ====
=====================================================================
[NOTE: this is information collected from many sources and while I
 strive to be accurate and complete, I cannot guarantee that I
have succeeded. ]
=====================================================================

V Frequently Asked Questions

Q01. What does being left-handed mean? 
Q02. What does being ambidextrous mean? 
Q03. What percentage of the population is left handed? 
Q04. Is lefthandedness inherited? 
Q05. Are lefthanders naturally clumsy? 
Q06. Is there a quick test to determine eye dominance? 
Q07. Is there a quick test to determine handedness? 
Q08. What makes a cup right or left handed? 
Q09. What makes scissors right or left handed? 
Q10. What makes a bowling ball left or right-handed? 
Q11. What makes bowling shoes left or right-handed? 
Q12. Do Lefties have an advantage in Bowling? 
Q13. Do Lefties die younger than right-handers? 
Q14. Are Lefties brain damaged? 
Q15. Was famous left-hander Leonardo DaVinci Dyslexic? 
Q16. Do Lefties make better athletes? 
Q17. Do Lefties make inferior athletes? 
Q18. In baseball, what makes left-handed hitters so successful? 
Q19. In baseball, what makes left-handed pitchers so successful? 
Q20. In cricket, what makes left-armed Batsmen so successful? 
Q21. In cricket, what makes left-handed Bowlers so successful? 
Q22. In fencing (sword fighting), what makes left-handers successful? 
Q23. Is there a store catering to left-handers in my area? 
Q24. Where can I acquire left-handed guitars? 
Q25. Are there any publications for left handers? 
Q26. Are there any recommended books for left handers? 
Q27. What is brain dominance anyway? 
Q28. Why does women's clothing button the opposite way of mens (left vs. right)? 
Q29. Are there any left-hander advocacy organizations? 
Q30. Why is left handedness considered something sinister? 
Q31. Will you name some left-handed celebrities? 
Q32. When is International Left-handers Day? 
Q33. I'm rightie, my child's lefty. How can I teach him/her to tie shoe-laces? 
Q34. Where can I get a left-handed fountain pen? 
Q35. Where can I learn left-handed Calligraphy? 
Q36. Why do we wear our wedding bands on the third finger of the left hand? 
Q37. Where can I get a lefthanded joystick? 
Q38. Where can I get a Left Handed Computer Keyboard. 
Q39. Where can I get a left-handed mouse? 
Q40. Why are there more Lefthanded Males than Females? 
Q41. Do Lefthanders tend to have a specific blood type? 
Q42. What percentages of Lefthanders exist in different societies? 
Q43. Why do some lefthanders use Mirror script? 
Q44. Why do Lefthanders hold the paper differently when writing? 
Q45. Why are Lefthanders sometimes called Southpaws? 
Q46. Are there any organizations concerning golf and left-handers? 
Q47. Which sports banned left-handers? 
Q48. What are left-handed playing cards? 
Q49. Are there scholarships available for Left-handed people? 



 VI. Questions and answers. 

Q01. What does being left-handed mean? 
	
	A very good question. For the purposes of this document, being
    left-handed means having a preference for using your left hand for
  	a variety of tasks, including reaching, throwing, pointing, 
	catching. It also implies a preference for using your left foot
	for tasks such as kicking, as well as the preferred foot with
	which to begin walking, running and bicycling. However, there are 
	no hard and fast rules for determining which hand or foot the
	Lefthander prefers to use for a particular task. Most will prefer to
	use the left hand or foot for delicate work.

	One may also have a dominant left eye, preferring to use the left
	eye for telescopes, camera sights, and microscopes.

	In general, being left-handed means having a dominant right side
	of the brain.

	M.K. Holder  clarifies that this dominance
    does not apply in the area of brain hemisphere specialization for
    language abilities: According to a neurological study published by
    Branch, Miller & Rasmussen in 1964 (Journal of Neurosurgery
    21:399-405) indicates that perhaps half of all left-handers
    have the same left-hemisphere specialization for language
    abilities as do right-handers. See:
	http://www.indiana.edu/~primate/refs1.html for more information.

Q02. What does being ambidextrous mean? 

	To be ambidextrous means to be equally dextrous with either hand.
	That is, the ability to use both hands with equal skill and coor-
	dination.

Q03. What percentage of the population is left handed? 

	There have been many different numbers put forth, with the most
	common numbers we have seen being in the area of 13 percent. However,
	we have seen numbers as high as 30 percent, when you allow a 
	very loose definition of left-handedness.

Q04. Is lefthandedness inherited? 

	While lefthanders doubtless runs in some families, scientists
	are unsure that the issue is completely resolved. Part of the
	problem has to do whether a person's hand preference is the result
	of genetic determination or some other reason ie forced to switch
	because of convention, accident, what ever.

Q05. Are lefthanders naturally clumsy? 

	An emphatic NO to this. The problem most lefthanders have is that
	the world is configured for right handed people. Lefties, in the
	act of accommodating to this opposite world, may appear awkward
	using tools that have right hand preference designed into them.
	However, right-handers display even more awkwardness using left
	handed tools than lefthanders do using right handed tools. This
	is probably because righthanders are less used to adapting.

Q06. Is there a quick test to determine eye dominance? 

	Try the following to determine eye dominance. With both eyes
        open, line up the tip of your finger, at arm's length, with a
        distant object. Close each eye separately. The eye that results
        in the object and you finger remaining aligned is your dominant eye. 

Q07. Is there a quick test to determine handedness? 

	No, there is not. In fact, the only sure way to determine brain
	dominance is to anesthetize one half of the brain and then see
	what functions are still handled by the still functioning hemisphere.
	There have been interesting results obtained, such as people able
	to respond to visual cues but not verbal cues. I don't know about
	you, dear reader, but I am not willing to submit to this test just
	to definitively answer the question.

	However, you can try this: Sitting comfortably, fold your hands
	together and notice which thumb is on top. Lefties will have the
	right thumb on top.

	Readers should note that this test is not completely accurate. We
	have heard about a significant number of lefties on alt.lefthanders
    who fail this test. Readers should also note that hand preference
    is usually not evident until children are age 4-6. Some children have
    been known to exhibit a preference as early as age 2.

    According to J.B. Sattler ( Das linkshändige Kind in der
    Grundschule, page 17) a better test to determine which hand is
    dominant is to note which hand is usually/preferably used to... 
	 - be put up in school
	 - switch on/off lights 
	 - brush teeth 
	 - comb hair 
	 - hammer 
	 - water flowers 
	 - throw dice 
	 - pick up/count things 
     - open window/door 
	 - use a screwdriver 
	 - sew 
	 - throw a ball etc.  
     - draw ,paint, write

	Thanks: Inken B. Spreda 

Q08. What makes a cup right or left handed? 

	First, you must realize that (drinking) cups come in two varieties:
	symmetric and not symmetric. Cups that are not symmetric may have
        a lip to ease pouring the contents. If this kind of cup is right
	handed, the lip will be on the side of the cup which is away from
	the body, which allows for a easy neat motion. If this cup is
	picked up with the left hand, the lip is toward the body, which
	makes it awkward and messy to pour.

	For symmetric cups, the problem is that when the decoration is only
	on one side. When the right handed individual picks up a right
	handed cup, he is able to see and enjoy the decoration. A leftie
	using that cup presents the decoration to the world; he is unable
	to see it.

	Lefties would benefit with symmetric cups with designs on both sides;
	cups with lips would have to be made in both right and left handed
	varieties.

Q09. What makes scissors right or left handed? 

       You can see the difference easily, by placing the scissors on
       the table like this:

      \  /
       \/
       /\
      O  O

      For right-hand scissors, the part of the scissors lying `on top' at
      the intersection of the two parts, will be the one from top-left
      to bottom-right, whereas for left-hand scissors, the uppermost will
      be the part from bottom-left to top-right. Turning the scissors around
      or up-side down won't change this relationship.

      Secondly the reason for this difference lies in the way the
      scissors are opened and closed by your left or right hand. When you
      close the scissors,  the cutting edges close and the cutting edges
      are pressed together because your fingers holding the scissors bend
      and your thumb stretches. If the cutting edges are pushed away from
      each other, the material being cut slides in between, and is definitely
      not cut. This is what happens when you use a  right-hand scissors
      with your left hand.

      Since your left hand is a mirrored version of your right hand,
      your scissors should be `mirrored' as well. This is why the cutting
      edges are made on the opposite side of each part, and the parts
      are assembled just the opposite way, giving you perfect left-handed
      scissors.

      Thanks to: Jurgen van Engelen   

Q10. What makes a bowling ball left or right-handed? 

 	Left-handed bowling balls are different in two respects.
	The first, and most obvious, is the placing of the finger holes
	in relation to the thumb hole.  What follows is the first (and
	last) square bowling ball you'll ever see :


		0			0
		   0                 0
                 +                     +

	         0                     0


 
	The view is from the top and the spacing is highly exaggerated.
	Mark Hideo Fujimoto  points out that
	while this configuration is true for a vast majority of people,
	one cannot say it is true in the general case.
	
	

	The ring finger is held behind the middle finger, as it is then
	the last thing to leave the ball - imparting spin.  Using a right-
	-handed ball, the middle finger, or the thumb, would be last. 
	Neither of these digits will impart any spin at all to the ball.
	Spin is important to make the ball curve, or hook, into the pins
	and the rotation of the ball stabilizes it as it drives through.

   	The second consideration, which I cannot draw (do I hear cheers?)
	is the location of the center weight with relationship to the spot
	where the holes are drilled.  The ball is drilled so that the weight 
	is slightly ahead of the thumb hole and to one side - left, for 
	left-handers.  This balancing weight provides extra momentum and
	spin to the ball.

	Mark Hideo Fujimoto  disagrees:
	I have to disagree here, too.  The "center weight", or more correctly,
	the center of gravity of the weight block, is usually placed to the 
	*left*  of the (+) in my diagram for a left-handed ball. This is known
	as "positive weight", which combined with lift and spin imparted by the
	bowler, gives the ball a more pronounced hook than a ball without this
	type of weighting.  Once again, this isn't the only way to drill
	a bowling ball, but it is one that tends to be conducive to getting the
	ball reaction that produces more strikes.There will be times when other
	types of weighting will prove to be more beneficial than "positive"
	weights.  

   	Throwing the ball fairly normally for a beginner, one should
	ideally see some clockwise rotation as the ball tends to drift
	toward the center (a strike!).  Throwing a right-handed ball with
	your left hand places the weighting on the left side - meaning the
	ball will go straight, or even back up (a reverse curve).  This
	kind of delivery makes it almost impossible to get the ball to the
	center with force and momentum, unless you are a 300-pound gorilla.

	Mark Hideo Fujimoto  clarifies:
	you don't have to be a "300lb gorilla" in order to overcome the effects
	of various ball weightings.  If a left-hander imparts a clockwise ro-
	tation to the ball, regardless of whether it's a right-handed or left-
	handed ball, the ball will hook from left to right.  The weights may
	alter the way the ball hooks (i.e., earlier, later, stronger, weaker.),
	but not the direction in which it hooks.  Many bowlers use "negative
	weight" (placing the weight block's CG closer to where the ball rolls)
	in order to reduce the amount of hook on lanes that promote hook (i.e.
	"dry" lanes, lanes with little oil on them).

  	 Most bowling establishments have a couple of left-handed balls
	for use.  These are usually in poor shape, but a lot better than
	trying a right-handed ball, for the reasons stated above.

  	 The good news is - a left-handed ball, drilled by a professional,
	costs EXACTLY the same as the right-handed one.  And, to spur your
	confidence, don't forget that the first man to earn a million dollars
	in bowling, Earl Anthony, is left-handed.

	Thanks to: Bob Snyder          
	           Mark Hideo Fujimoto 


Q11. What makes bowling shoes left or right-handed? 

	Bowling shoes are "handed" by the type of sole that is on the sliding
	shoe. Since (most) left-handed bowlers slide with their right foot, the
	right shoe is soled with some type of leather or buckskin to aid in
	sliding.  The left shoe will usually be rubber-soled with a leather or
	a textured rubber toe piece. This toe piece is added for extra traction
	when "pushing off" on the next-to-last step.  Right-handed shoes are
	basically mirror images of the left-handed shoes.  Most bowling shoes
	come in this configuration; however, some manufacturers produce their
	low-end bowling shoes in ambidextrous versions -- both shoes have some
	type of sliding sole, so they can be used by either left or
	right-handers. House shoes are typically this way.

	Thanks to: Mark Hideo Fujimoto 

Q12. Do Lefties have an advantage in Bowling? 

	While there is no consensus that such an advantage exists, 
	here's the debate in a BIG nutshell:

	The surface of a bowling lane is oiled for various reasons, one
	of which is to provide a "condition" on which to bowl.  Second
	only to a bowler's skill level, the manner in which lanes are
	oiled (called the "lane condition" or "oil pattern" or "shot") 
	greatly determines what type of bowler and his corresponding 
	style most often will prevail.

	Most of the time, the "shot" will be symmetric with respect to
	the middle of the lane lengthwise, i.e., the oil pattern from
	the 20th (middle) board out to each respective gutter will be 
	similar in a mirror-image fashion.  Thus it appears that being
	left-handed is of no advantage over being right-handed, and vice
	versa.  However, there are two things that create an eventual 
	disparity -- one, there are more right-handed bowlers (RHB) than
	left-handed bowlers (LHB) in most situations.  Two, the lane oil
	isn't static.  It migrates as bowling balls roll through it and
	gets deposited in new places on the lane before eventually get-
	ting carried off the lane.  These two factors are the basis for
	argument between RHB's and LHB's.

	RHB's argue that LHB's have an unfair advantage because:

	*Bowling is a sport of repetition and consistency, and when the 
	playing conditions remain stable, it is easier to maintain the 
	muscle memory in order to repeat motions.  Since there are fewer
	LHB's in general, the condition for them doesn't change as much
	or as dramatically as it does for the RHB.  Thus a RHB must con-
	stantly adjust to the changing conditions, thereby destroying
	any consistency he has tried to develop in earlier frames or
	games.

	LHB's counter with:

	*WHEN (more correctly is IF) the "shot" is tough (an oil pattern 
	that tend to make it difficult to get the ball to the pocket),
	LHB's get stuck with dealing with it for the duration of bowling;
	whereas RHB's on a tough shot have the greater numbers in which 
	a shot can be "broken down" into something more score-able.

	Ultimately, it comes down to a matter of respect.  Many RHB's don't
	respect LHB's because they feel that the accomplishments of a LHB
	are tainted because of the unfair advantage of easier, more consis-
	tent bowling conditions than what RHB's (often) get.  IMHO, it's a 
	valid point, although I don't feel that this is the case 100% of
	the time.  

	OTOH, LHB's can't argue the flip side because there is no equivalent.
	LHB's generally resort to defending themselves by asking things like
	"why do RHB's assume that when a LHB bowls well, it's because they
	have an easier "shot", and not because the LHB is talented or made good
	shots?", or "I can't help it that I'm left-handed, I don't oil the 
	lanes".  As you can probably figure out, this is a sore subject with
	many LHB's, as RHB's outnumber them and dare I say most RHB's have
	some sort of animosity or envy towards LHB's and their conditions.

	Thanks to: Mark Hideo Fujimoto 

Q13. Do Lefties die younger than right-handers? 

	Stanley Coren, who is the author of "The Lefthander Syndrome" found
	statistical evidence of this, and didn't believe it for the longest
	time. However, he remains unable to disprove it. He was able to
	demonstrate a possible reason for this might be that a left hand
	startle reflex would be much more dangerous when driving a car
	on US or Canadian road since the car would end up pointing
	against traffic while a right hand startle reflex would simply
	cause the car to drive of the road.

	As a double check, Coren did find a statistical difference in
	left handed traffic fatalities in countries where they drive on
	the left, such as Great Britain or Australia.

Q14. Are Lefties brain damaged? 

Q15. Was famous left-hander Leonardo DaVinci Dyslexic? 

	The Dyslexics seem to think so. Having lived many centuries before the
    recognition and diagnosis of this condition, the evidence is necessarily
    circumstantial and speculative. It is safe to say that he did exhibit
	many traits of the classical Dyslexic, based upon his life's works and
    contemporaneous observations that were recorded. For more information,
    check out the following references:
	
    
	

	Thanks to: Laurence Welch  

Q16. Do Lefties make better athletes? 

Q17. Do Lefties make inferior athletes? 

Q18. In baseball, what makes left-handed hitters so successful? 

	This may not be a true statement, but here is a possible ex-
	planation:

	A left-handed hitter faces the home plate from a different side.
	For a pitcher who is not yet used to pitching to lefties, His
	standard arsenal of pitches do not have the same affect. A  normal
	outside fast-ball to a right-hander becomes an inside fast-ball 
	to a leftie and the same is true for an inside fast-ball. Also,
	a curve ball curves out for a rightie would curve in for a lefty.

	The resulting confusion is what makes left-handers better at
	hitting.

	Edward Brekelbaum  (eb3z@andrew.cmu.edu) adds:
	Also, batters in the right side of the plate (lefties), are about
	one step closer to first base (a righty must step over the plate to be
	where a lefty started).  This may not seem like a huge advantage, but
	how many times has a runner been out "By one step".

	John Mianowski  points out that
	LH hitters are generally more successful against RH
	pitchers.  As noted, a RH pitcher's breaking balls (i.e. curves,
	sliders, cutters) will break in toward the hitter.  It's
	always easier to hit a ball that's breaking in on you than
	breaking away.  LH hitters are therefore perceived as being more
	successful than RH hitters because the great majority of
	pitchers are right-handed.

Q19. In baseball, what makes left-handed pitchers so successful? 

	There are three factors here. First, left-handed pitchers
	stand on the mound facing first base, making it much easier to
	spot base-stealing attempts, and to throw out the runner. Secondly,
	the throwing arm of a lefty pitcher is more hidden from view of a
	righty batter, making it difficult for the batter to gauge the pitch
	as it's being thrown. Finally, lefties naturally tend to throw the
	ball towards the left side of the plate (from the batter's
	perspective), placing the pitch inside for a righty batter (which is
	more difficult to hit).

	Ironically, the perceived success of LH pitchers is primarily
	due to their inherent advantages over the LH hitters that the
	other teams put in their lineups to hit off the RH pitchers!
	Often, managers will bring in a pitcher to face just one
        hitter (LH-on-LH or RH-on-RH matchup), because of which
        hitters are coming up soon, or even to try to force the
	opposing manager to pinch hit to get HIS favorable matchup (the
        hitting team gets to make the last change), but taking a good
	hitter out of the game to do it. 

	Thanks to: George Feil 
               John Mianowski 
	

Q20. In cricket, what makes left-armed Batsmen so successful? 

	Left-armed Batsmen enjoy the same advantages as left-handed
	hitters do in baseball.  See the answer regarding baseball
	hitters above. Note that many left-armed batsmen prefer
	to hit from the left side, for an unknown reason.

	Roy Lakin  provides some additional 
    information:

    The rough patch formed by the right-arm pace bowlers is
    further away from the off side of a right-hand batsman than a
    left-hander; a (right-arm) bowler bowling over the wicket is
    closer to the stumps than one bowling round the wicket, and will
    therefore tend to run on to the pitch in the follow-through.

	Thanks to: Roy Lakin  

Q21. In cricket, what makes left-handed Bowlers so successful? 

    The success of the bowlers and batters is obvious and closely
	related to the similar success of the baseball players. When bowling
	against a left-handed batsman, especially if there is a right-handed
	batsman at the other end of the cricket pitch, it places the fielding
	side at a disadvantage when ever runs are made. The whole fielding
	side has to swap around to accommodate the left-hander. Similarly the
	left handed bowler, especially a spin bowler can cause havoc against
	the right-handed batsman because the ball will break opposite to a
	right-handed spinner. Also the left-handed spinner can pitch the ball
	into the rough patches on the pitch formed by the right handed pace
	bowlers on the opposite side of the wicket. This ensures an uneven or
	unpredictable bounce or movement of the ball.

	Roy Lakin  adds that Bowlers generally
    bowl to a batsman's off side in order to provoke a catch in
    the slips, so the left-hander will suffer from pitches in the
    rough more than would a right-hander, who would often leave
    wides or near-wides alone.

	Thanks: David Wiles 
            Roy Lakin 

Q22. In fencing (sword fighting), what makes left-handers successful? 

	Fencing is a sport where the very best practitioners don't think,
	but react. This requires practice, practice, practice in order to 
	develop an instinctual approach. The scarcity of left-handers means
	that right-handers don't get a chance to practice (usually) and fail 
	to develop that edge. Conversely, left-handers practice against right-
	handers frequently which give them more chances to develop a high skill
	level.

	Thanks:
    Malcolm Glennie Holmes 

Q23. Is there a store catering to left-handers in my area? 

	We have heard of the following places, but since we have not been
	able to try them, the following list does not constitute a recom-
	mendation. They are listed in no particular order:

				Left Hand World, Inc.
					Pier 39
				San Francisco, California
				Phone: (415)433-3547

		     The Left Hand Supply Company
			    P.O. BOX 20188
			  OAKLAND, CA  94620
			     510-658-LEFT

			    
		      Anything Left Handed Ltd.
			   57 Brewer Street
				London
			       W1R 3FB.
			 Tel: 0171 437 3910.

			RU-Lefthanded
			www.ru-lefthanded.co.uk
			PO Box 1056
			Sandhurst
			Berskhire GU47 0ZW
			Tel 07044 700 818
			Fax 0870 133 0654
			Email: sales@ru-lefthanded.co.uk

			     ZURDOlandia
		 Cl Bolonia, 10 (Esq. Cte. Sta. Pau)
			   50008 - Zaragoza
				Spain
			  Tel : 976 22 63 80
			  Fax : 976 22 63 80
		     E-mail : zurdolan@encomix.es
		  Contact : Jesus Capapey, Ana Lombo

			DE DRETA A ESQUERRA S.L.
		       Copernico 85 (Tienda 2)
			   08006 Barcelona
				Spain
			 Tel/Fax: *-34-(9)3-201.93.92
			 email: lefty@solution4u.com (English)
					zurdos@solution4u.com (Castellano)
                    geni@cybergal.com (Problems)

              Left Handed Products
              29a Playfair St
              The Rocks
              Sydney NSW 2000
              Australia
              phone :02 9247 6374

				On the Other Hand
				6907 Woodtrail Ct.
				Fort Wayne, Indiana 46835
				phone: (219) 486-2702
				fax:   (219) 486-7428
				WWW: http://www.ontheotherhand.com

				The left gender corporation
				d/b/a A diestra & siniestra,
				la tienda de los zurdos
				Local 5D Pueblo Xtra Building Plaza Carolina
				Fragoso Ave., Corner Pueblo Xtra
				Carolina, Puerto Rico, USA  00983
				Tel:  (787) 750-9098
				Fax: (787) 750-9168
				Email:  leftgender@excite.com or leftgender@prtc.net
				Toll free:  1-888-Excite2, extension 787 750 9098
				Website:  www.leftgender.com

	Also, an extensive list of shops in Germany, Swiss and Austria (in
    German language) can be found on "Die deutsche Linkshänderseite:
    Geschäfte":

Q24. Where can I acquire left-handed guitars? 

	We have heard of the following places, but since we have not been
	able to try them, the following list does not constitute a recom-
	mendation. They are listed in no particular order:

			   Route 66 Guitars
		       3579 E. Foothill Blvd., #321
		       Pasadena, California  91107
				 USA
			 tel: (213) GUI TARS
			
	Vintage, Used & New Left and Right Handed Instruments
		      Vintage Amps & Accessories
	       Lists available via US Mail, FAX & eMail
	            (Route66@southpaw.com)
                (http://www.southpaw.com/route66/)

				Southpaw Guitars of Texas
				5813 Bellaire Blvd.
				Houston, TX 77081
				(713) 667-5791


Q25. Are there any publications for left handers? 

	There are several. One is called Lefthander Magazine and it is
    published six times a year by Lefthanders International. It is
    written in English so that the words appear left to right, but the
    columns are presented right to left and the pages are numbered
    right to left. Its a little disconcerting at first, but Lefties
    will soon get used to it.

	It contains articles about lefties of note, plus many helpful hints
	for leftie adaption problems. It contains advertising for some
	catalog items plus other products of interest to lefthanders.

	It is available only to members of Lefthanders International, but
	there is no additional charge to receive the magazine.

	Left Hand Corner -Infos, Bilder, Texte, Songs für Links- und Rechtshänder-
    The only German magazine for left-handers. It is published 4 times
    per year, DM 4 per copy.  Order: 
		Norbert Martin 
		Left Hand Corner
        Platzhoffstr. 13, D-42115 Wuppertal
        Tel/Fax 0202-305156.  Info:
        

	The Left-handers Club:
	 Anything Lefthanded Ltd.
	 18 Avenue Road
	 Belmont, Surrey SM2 6JD, England
	 They publish a magazine "The Left-Lefthander", which is published
     quarterly and costs £2,50 per copy.

Q26. Are there any recommended books for left handers? 

	Unicorns Are Real, by Barbara Meister Vitale
        Warner Books ISBN 0-446-32340-4

	The Lefthander Syndrome, by Stanley Coren PhD

	The Natural Superiority of the Left-Hander, by James T. deKay

	The Left-Handed Book, by James T. deKay

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