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(Google)   Why does the US drive on the right side of the road? Because of Napoleon   ( divider line 42
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2002-02-06 10:21:00 AM  
I'd like to be the first to thank Mr. Bonapart
2002-02-06 10:23:19 AM  
Because when all's said and done you're all originally French.
2002-02-06 10:24:04 AM  
As interesting as that guy whose hobby was finding incorrect highway signs.
2002-02-06 10:25:32 AM  
Is that why everyone is jumping out of the way my horse-drawn postilion! I thought everyone else was on the wrong side of the road!
2002-02-06 10:25:47 AM  
I heard a great joke about British siamese-twins taking to a holiday to France, once.
2002-02-06 10:29:24 AM  
Where would you have us drive, on the wrong side of the road?
2002-02-06 10:30:55 AM  
What kind of car did Napolean have?
2002-02-06 10:31:08 AM  
When driving in France always drive UPWIND of other drivers.
2002-02-06 10:32:56 AM  
I'm supposed to pick a side? Now it all makes sense....
2002-02-06 10:33:39 AM  
I don't know about you guys but I drive on both sides of the road, not at the same time mind you. I take one side going one way and the other side going back.
2002-02-06 10:34:13 AM  
*WE* don't. You might.
2002-02-06 10:34:25 AM  
you always have a 50% chance of getting it right.
2002-02-06 10:36:57 AM  
DjArcas: I know - I'm a bit disturbed by this. I think we should step up the "Keep Fark English" campaign.
2002-02-06 10:38:55 AM  
I just drive down the middle. Nobody there to get in my way.
2002-02-06 10:41:10 AM  
Goatman: ┬┐que?
2002-02-06 10:43:07 AM  
Here's the joke i was on about:

One day British siamese-twins take a holiday to France and stop by at a restaurant. The waiter takes their orders and asks them "Why have you come to France? Is it the food?". The siamese-twins reply "No". Then the waiter asks "Is it the scenery?". The siamese-twins again reply "No". The waiter asks "Is it the women?". The twins again say "No". Then the waiter says "Then why have you come to France?". Then one of the siamese-twins replies "It's the only time my brother can drive". HAHA
2002-02-06 10:43:54 AM  
Marquis asked
"What kind of car did Napolean have?"

I dunno, but it WAS a compact....
[/snare drum hit/]

[remon ducks for cover]
2002-02-06 10:44:15 AM  
I always thought we drive on the right side of the road, but have the wheel on the right side of the car. Why??

Seems like there would be less deaths in near head on collisions, because drivers would be as far as possible from each other.

Just my stupid logic.
2002-02-06 10:55:13 AM  
CCG: Nice one =;-)
2002-02-06 10:55:23 AM  
US Virgin Islands drives on the left.
2002-02-06 10:56:11 AM  
Frankee-Frank-Frank : Put yourself in the Right seat of a car driving on the right now imagine your reduced vision of on coming traffic.
2002-02-06 10:57:01 AM  
frank - but you couldn't see shiat and overtaking would be impossible.

Also, having lived in/visited many of the African countries on that map that claim to drive on the so-called "left" or so-called "right" of the road I can honestly say that it never occurred to me that there was a correct side. Mostly people just drive at each other.
2002-02-06 10:59:57 AM  
In Turkey, people drive in the shade. farking terrifying.
2002-02-06 11:04:15 AM  
Mungo - thanks: COFFEE ON MONITOR

THAT is exactly what I am talking about. Zambians at an intersection is like watching toddlers fight over candy...
2002-02-06 11:06:04 AM  
Ever been to Beijing? It's like stock car racing
2002-02-06 11:19:01 AM  
yeah but you know why all French Blvds are lined with trees?....

So the Germans can march in the shade

(another snare drum hit)
2002-02-06 11:22:28 AM  
Besides the fact that changing to the faster moving (ideally) left lane would be more difficult if the driver was sat on the right side of the car. This is why people who pass on the right are assholes, but no more than people who go slow in the left lane.
2002-02-06 11:23:30 AM  
Speaking of GERMANS! or Doutchmans

I was standing on the escelator in Germany and someone tromps right up behind me and stamps their feet on the step. I look around and realise everyone is standing to the right. So I scoot over to the right and the person lightly walks past. Silly Americans! We dont know any better.
2002-02-06 11:23:36 AM  
Never been to Beijing.

Nearly died on the Johannesburg beltway ring road thing though - spun across four lanes - friday rush hour. Later occurred to me that there are two types of people on road at that time - drunk people, and people without driving licences. (broadly aligned along racial lines - but let's not go there)
2002-02-06 11:26:40 AM  
Here in Canada there's a push to conform to the British way of driving. We are eventually going to go over to driving on the left side of the road. However, the general population is not going to go over easily, so the government is going to move slowly. First, all the tractor trailers will start to drive on the left side, and the rest of us will follow in 6 months time.

*grabs the snare drum from lanshrk*
*snare drum hit*
2002-02-06 11:55:02 AM  
Because of Napoleon? Um, no. After the war against England we chose to do everything opposite the English for obvious reasons. Our race tracks for horses go the opposite direction than in England as well. Napoleon had nothing to do with anything... we just didn't want to be like the English.
2002-02-06 11:55:47 AM  
Same thing with the Metric system, by the way.
2002-02-06 12:06:18 PM  
The metric system is the tool of the devil.
2002-02-06 12:24:42 PM  
My car gets 30 rods to the hogs head and that's the way I like it.
2002-02-06 12:31:40 PM  
You mean we have a Frenchman to thank for this?

2002-02-06 01:00:46 PM  
In the Philippines they drive where ever a car will fit on the road.
2002-02-06 01:10:57 PM  
Left and Right is so subjective. Where's the flying cars they promised us in the 60's?
2002-02-06 01:26:43 PM  
Check the map; it's the Brits that are driving backwards or whatever.
2002-02-06 02:19:04 PM  
but Karmic, the reason england drives on the left is because they refused to go along with napoleon's policy. kind of the enemy of my enemy is my friend thing.
2002-02-06 02:20:41 PM  
in Italy there is a line that marks the center of the road. it means nothing.
2002-02-06 04:16:40 PM  
Does anyone have the link to that site that explained the width of railroad tracks here in the U.S?
2002-02-06 08:53:24 PM  
So remember, stay to the left and you'll be right, but if you go to the right you'll get left.

(Something like that.)
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