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why we drive on the left in the UK...
« on: January 17, 2003, 03:45:54 AM »
hehe...

from http://www.amphicars.com/acleft.htm

Which states:

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In days of old logic dictated that when people passed each other on the road they should be in the best possible position to use their sword to protect themselves. As most people are right handed they therefore keep to their left. This practice was formalised in a Papal Edict by Pope Benefice around 1300AD who told all his pilgrims to keep to the left.

Nothing much changed until 1773 when an increase in horse traffic forced the UK Government to introduce the General Highways Act of 1773 which contained a keep left recommendation. This became a law as part of the Highways Bill in 1835.

Reasons to travel on the right are less clear but the generally accepted version of history is as follows: The French, being Catholics, followed Pope Boneface's edict but in the build up to the French Revolution in 1790 the French Aristocracy drove their carriages at great speed on the left hand side of the road, forcing the peasantry over to the right side for their own safety. Come the Revolution, instincts of self preservation resulted in the remains of the Aristocracy joining the peasants on the right hand side of the road. The first official record of this was a keep right rule introduced in Paris in 1794

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2003, 03:49:17 AM »
yeah good to know man...i was born they drive on the left too so i know there had to be some good reason for it  :)




 

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2003, 01:16:33 PM »
Yep, I read that many years ago, peace

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2003, 12:08:00 AM »
LoL@Brits drive backwards...Twisted ass mofos... ;)
 

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2003, 01:35:34 AM »
being  "left" has a quorky history, like in the Arabic world , the right hand is the ONLY hand you can eat with or do anthing else with because you wipe your ass with the left






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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2003, 03:29:10 AM »
^ but these days civilised folx got toilet paper
 

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2003, 02:27:46 AM »
According to an american friend of mine that lives in San Fran (yeah she's Bi too lol) when she lived in england during her teenage years she noted that even though our health service is more generally available to people things like dental care aren't taught well or young enough.


 

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2003, 02:32:16 AM »
not all people that live in or by the bay-area are gay or bi  
 

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2003, 08:43:27 AM »
OK, now we know why the British drive on the left side of the road. Now someone tell me why they don't brush their teeth.
 

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2003, 08:52:25 AM »
umm wtf where ur OG post go c-walker

thats my reply...

"According to an american friend of mine that lives in San Fran (yeah she's Bi too lol) when she lived in england during her teenage years she noted that even though our health service is more generally available to people things like dental care aren't taught well or young enough."
 

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2003, 09:00:48 AM »
not all people that live in or by the bay-area are gay or bi  

well not all but most........ lol
 

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2003, 09:31:21 AM »
Yeah, it's a high percentage.  Damn fags.  Takin' over the world.  
 

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2003, 04:54:48 PM »
OK, now we know why the British drive on the left side of the road. Now someone tell me why they don't brush their teeth.




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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2003, 09:37:57 PM »
Yeah, it's a high percentage.  Damn fags.  Takin' over the world.  

lol you live in the bay area i guess? :P
 

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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2003, 01:15:36 AM »
According to an american friend of mine that lives in San Fran (yeah she's Bi too lol) when she lived in england during her teenage years she noted that even though our health service is more generally available to people things like dental care aren't taught well or young enough.





i remember every year we use to get a nice little toothbrush and some crest sparkle tooth paste at the begining of the year up until 3rd grade or so, then that crest mascott with the sun glasses use to talk to us and put on some play about the 'evil' plaque" ........i was pissed though becuase i got a pink tooth brush 2 years in a row, oh well fuck em, i always relied on my Mikey ninja turtle brush anyway


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Re:why we drive on the left in the UK...
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2003, 03:50:09 AM »
Yeah, it's a high percentage.  Damn fags.  Takin' over the world.  

lol you live in the bay area i guess? :P

Nah, lol.  When I was a kid though, I lived in cali and went to frisco before.