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Old July 11th, 2015, 01:09 PM   #61
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I am trying to think of every entrance/exit ramp for interstates and highways, all kinds of things. It would be a major mess, and certainly not worth doing. Even when all that is done, there will still be people making simple mistakes that can cause serious accidents. My friend from Dublin scared a few years off the end of my life sometimes when learning to drive over here! I know I would be no better, and luckily none of my friends in Dublin wanted to give me the keys when I was there at the age of 22!
It takes a bit of getting used to, I'll admit, but it's not that difficult. It increases one's sense of conentration, howver, because you MUST pay attention. I drove the Pacific Highway from Sydney to Brisbane and after a few hours, it wasn't too bad. On the other hand, I drove my father's stick shift car in Bombay with the gearshift on the opposite side and that was a real treat in the absurd traffic of that chaotic city.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 01:13 PM   #62
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They are civilised and know how to do things correctly? like spell colour or realise that herbs has a 'H' in it?
We had a Herb who worked for us once. He was bland and un-spicy and had no medicinal qualities whatsoever.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 01:21 PM   #63
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I usually use hood but I actually like the sound of bonnet better..it sounds elegant.

Also one could argue that the trunk is a body part of an elephant!
Or part of a long distance telephone line.
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Old July 12th, 2015, 12:28 PM   #64
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Ancient Romans...
Did the ancient Romans drive on the right or left side of the road?
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Old July 12th, 2015, 12:36 PM   #65

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Ancient Romans...
Did the ancient Romans drive on the right or left side of the road?

Archaeological evidence suggests the ancient Romans drove on the left.
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Old July 12th, 2015, 12:37 PM   #66
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Now I'm just curious... What sort of evidence would suggest this?
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Old July 12th, 2015, 12:41 PM   #67
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Okay
I found it...
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index....e-on-the-left/
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Old July 12th, 2015, 12:43 PM   #68

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Now I'm just curious... What sort of evidence would suggest this?

"In late 1998, the remains of a Roman quarry was discovered at Blunsdon Ridge, near Swindon, England. It is one of the largest and best-preserved Roman quarries known. Ruts in the road leading to this quarry are much deeper on one side of the road than on the other. If it can be assumed that the side of the road with deeper ruts was the side used by loaded carts leaving the quarry, while the side with shallow ruts indicates empty carts arriving, then we can conclude that at this particular location, at least, the Romans drove on the left."

Which side of the road do they drive on? Brian Lucas
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Well, now you know!
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This left seat or left horse theory that necessarily leads to driving on the right is also nonsense. Firstly if the custom was (and it was) established to drive on the left, why would people choose to seat themselves where they could not see when there was a perfectly adequate empty place on the right of the wagon or on the right hand horse?
Because the reigns of a team of horses fall in the middle of the wagon. If you sit on the right side of the wagon, you'd have to hold the reigns with your left hand. Right handed people want to hold the reigns with their right hand, forcing them to sit on the left hand side of the wagon. Most people are right handed, thus most people sat on the left, making it smarter for them to drive on the right.
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