Finally gotten around to watching Maknae Rebellion, specifically the episode with SHINee.
I am a fond supporter of the whole Leader-Maknae dynamics in Korean groups. It's always good to know who's who in the grand scheme of things. It also makes for fun gags like when a dongseng disrespects his hyung in the name of humour.
Anyway, was watching the part where the guys had to break roof tiles. And I sort of come to a conclusion of something that has been bugging me and quite a few dozen thousands of Taemin fans out there.
Is Lee Taemin left-handed?
Well, the reason behind this weird thing I have with wanting to know if people are left-handed is because, of course if you are not smart enough to realise already, I am a lefty myself. And I think left-handers are pretty awesome people.
*All estimated 10% of the world population of us. ;D
There is a general theory that lefties are highly independent and adaptable because we have to get used to living in a world that is not made for us (maybe this is why I always feel like I don't fit in somehow, hmmm...). We are also intelligent as well as being quick-thinkers and have great leadership qualities. On the down side though, a lot of left-handers tend to suffer from dyslexia, schizophrenia or may stutter in their speech.*
We also tend to die younger. Probably from worrying about the dangers of not being to operate a pair of scissors or can-opener properly. -_-
Anyway, back to Taemin. I noticed a while ago that he seems to hold his mic with his left hand pretty often. He also sometimes use his left hand to do stuffs, such as flipping his hair, throwing food into his mouth. Classic lefty traits. But upon my obsessive observation, I found out that he writes and holds chopsticks with his right hand.
Definitely not a lefty. At least not a true blue lefty like Jonghyun (and myself, ahem), who uses the left hand exclusively and blatantly, i.e. write, eat, scratch self, first hand that instinctively comes out when about to shake hands, punch people, dig nose, etc.
But with this episode of Maknae Rebellion, I finally have a theory. Like I said before, they were breaking roof tiles, right? And Lil Taemin only managed to break five, which was the lowest record of the group. Now physical size and age aside, based on the record of the guys who went before him, almost all of them managed to break at least seven of the roof tiles. Even Key, that skinny ass, managed to break ALL TEN of the tiles. Jonghyun broke all ten as well, using his dominant left hand.
Given that Taemin could piggyback a really fat lady, pun not intended - I will never make fat people jokes in bad taste, and the intensity of his dancing routines, I would suspect he has really good upper body strength, which means he could have done better with crushing the roof tiles.
So what is the reason behind him not being able to do so?
It's all elementary, my dear person-who-has-nothing-better-to-do-but-to-read-this-silly-entry. It is because he is really a left-hander, who was punching with his right hand. And the reason why he did so is because he is one of those people who was born a lefty but learnt to use his right hand as his dominant hand.
Not an unlikely situation. There are still a lot of people nowadays who believe that being right-handed is better, and would try to train their lefty children to use their right hand to do stuffs, write in particular. Some lefties even purposely train themselves to become right-handers. Something that I will never understand. Come on fellow Southpaws! Be proud!
My Mum, who is also a lefty, is one of those people who writes with their right hand. Although she told me that it is because she started learning how to write at an older age, and learnt writing by mirroring how the other kids her age are already writing. Haha! My Mum is such an interesting lady, ey?
So in Taemin's case, although he has more or less trained himself to use his right hand, a non-dominant hand can never have the kind of strength that the dominant hand has, and hence, he was unable to entirely display the full strength of his physical prowess!
Hahahaha! Such a ridiculously long entry on a silly theory.
But jokes aside, I personally do not agree with forcefully training lefties to use their right hand, especially from a very young age. Although not fully proven, there are studies that show that left-handed children who are made to use their right hand as their dominant hand, are more likely to develop cognitive problems and speech impairment such as stuttering.
Being left-handed may not be a typical thing, and it does cause a little bit of inconvenience. But it does make the world a more interesting place. For one, I think we tend to notice things that a lot of right-handed people do not realise or take for granted. Which is kind of nice. Sort of like a little secret that is reserved just for us to share. All estimated 10% of the world population of us.
*Information source: http://www.suite101.com/content/personality-traits-of-lefties-a46563
Note: All personal theories made in this entry is based on personal observations and may have no association whatsoever to the truth as it is something that is done for personal entertainment. Please note the excessive use of the word "personal". In other words, I don't really know what I am saying. I am a left-hander. We are crazy.