But...but....what about the rest of the week?

I guess on Wednesday through Sunday, you drive down the center of the road, other drivers be damned!

And, what about the bicycles? Won't anyone think of the BICYCLES!?!?

Also, be smart. Move to a country where they drive on the right all the time. I mean, right also means correct, so, driving on the right means driving on the correct side of the road. It's only logic!


But, did you ever wonder why some countries drive on the right, while others drive on the left? No? Too bad. I'm telling you anyway.

People began showing a preference for sides of the road even before there were wheeled vehicles. And that was, stay left. People walking would stay left of people heading their way. And when horses, donkeys and carts started being used, people continued to stay left.


It wasn't just a willy-nilly decision, though. Way back at the dawn of civilization, people weren't always friendly. A stranger on the road was generally regarded with extreme caution. They may be a traveller, a merchant, a robber, or someone who just needs a new pair of shoes, like the ones you have.

Every encounter was a potential fight. And, since most were right handed, they carried their swords or daggers or axes or clubs on their left, allowing them to draw it with their right. And walking on the left meant you had a clear swing with your weapon.


But, not everyone was a stranger. Sometimes you met someone you knew, and were friendly with. If both kept to the left, you could greet strangers by shaking their hand without having to reach across your body. (there is record of people shaking hands in some form dating back to at least ancient Greece. It originated as a way to demonstrate you had no weapons and had peaceful intentions. It's almost certain that a form of the hand shake dates back to early man).

The custom of keeping left is ancient. Proof of it exists to the building of the pyramids in Egypt, though. Cart tracks have been found in quarries where the ones on the left are deeper. This indicates the full, heavy, carts were on the left.


So, why did some switch to the right side?

Again, it wasn't a willy-nilly decision. The practice actually started in the English colonies in America. Some have speculated it was to show defiance to the British and their rule, but that's just male bovine excrement.


It actually was started by the teamsters. (Not the union, but actual teamsters. Men who drove teams of horses to freight goods). Since the colonies were relatively new, wagons were already in use when people began hauling freight. And since America is the land of plenty, they hauled a lot.

This required large wagons drawn by teams of four. The teamster didn't sit in the wagon. They generally sat on the back of the rear left horse. This allowed them to handle the reins with their left hand, and wield the whip or switch with their right. Sitting on the rear left horse meant they could easily reach the entire team with the switch and still keep control of them.


Military men who participated in the Revolutionary War remembered the practice, and some speculate that during the French Revolution they switched from the left to the right to spite the wealthy and the royalty. This is actually false. Napoleon was the one to make the switch as he had his supply trains adopt the American method as they were hauling a lot of supplies.

And, as the French invaded Europe, they spread the practice to the countries they conquered. One of their conquered countries did the same thing just over a century later when they brought their blitzkrieg to Europe. Since the Germans drove on the right, they forced everyone else to do the same. Actually, they didn't force. They let them drive on whatever side they chose. They just ran their panzers over them if they were on the wrong side.


England, having narrower roads than America never had to make the switch for freight reasons. And, neither Napoleon nor Hitler ever conquered them, so they never had a reason to switch from the left. And if you notice the countries that still keep left were generally once part of the British Empire.

This is an oddity that most people never wonder about, and if they do, they generally don't reason out the answer. But, when explained, it one of those that makes you smack your forehead and say, "Duh! That makes sense!"


And again, I hope you learned something today. But if you didn't, I hope you were at least entertained.

*Authors Note*

Here's a tip. If you have left over pork chops, (or any other cut of meat, really), cube it up into 1cm cubes and toss in a skillet to warm up. Dump in a can of cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup, (or the new condensed variety, cream of mushroom and chicken), with about 2/3 can of water, and add about 1 1/2 cups of cooked rice and stir until thoroughly mixed. Simmer until it reaches a consistency you like, (I prefer mine not too runny), and serve. It doesn't look too awesome, but it's tasty as heck. I make it frequently for diner, and then get a couple of extra meals out of the deal.


I'm full of tasty ideas for simple diners that anyone can make, so if you want more, let me know. I got everything from quick and cheap, to quick and expensive. I can even do gourmet. (I make a home made fettuccine, home made Alfredo and home made Italian sausage that is to die for...)