From: George Kerby on



On 11/14/09 4:55 AM, in article
2009111402550242612-savageduck1(a)REMOVESPAMmecom, "Savageduck"
<savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:

> On 2009-11-14 02:53:09 -0800, Savageduck <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com>
> said:
>
>> On 2009-11-14 02:30:45 -0800, "Wilba" <usenet(a)CUTTHISimago.com.au> said:
>>
>>> Savageduck wrote:
>>>> Wilba said:
>>>>>
>>>>> Years ago I read that left-hand drive is safer overall, because when a
>>>>> person is startled they tend to raise their non-dominant hand to protect
>>>>> their head. If at the time they are steering a car on the left of the
>>>>> road,
>>>>> 9 out of 10 will therefore sverve into oncoming traffic. Apparently the
>>>>> effect is statistically significant.
>>>>
>>>> It seems we left our history far behind. Have you ever noticed where the
>>>> good old Wells Fargo stage coach driver sat, ...on the right, shotgun on
>>>> the left.
>>>
>>> Don't see many of them 'round these here parts. :- )
>>
>> Note the driver on the left.
>>
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Concord_stagecoach_1869.pn>>
g
>
> Sorry, that was the right, the shot gun was on the left.
> Now I don't know my left from my right!
The negative was flopped...?

From: Neil Harrington on

"Savageduck" <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote in message
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>
> It seems we left our history far behind. Have you ever noticed where the
> good old Wells Fargo stage coach driver sat, ...on the right, shotgun on
> the left.

Apparently that was the standard arrangement for all horse and buggy drivers
too. (Going by the movies, anyway.)

And it's still the standard position for whoever's steering a power boat.

At least some of the earliest American automobiles had right-hand drive
also. Now I'm wondering where and why left-hand drive got started. Perhaps
it was because the gearshift was centrally located, and it's more natural to
work that with the dominant hand, which for 90% of people is the right one.


From: Neil Harrington on

"Wilba" <usenet(a)CUTTHISimago.com.au> wrote in message
news:030e9041$0$1347$c3e8da3(a)news.astraweb.com...
> Savageduck wrote:
>> Savageduck said:
>>> Wilba said:
>>>> Savageduck wrote:
>>>>> Wilba said:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Years ago I read that left-hand drive is safer overall, because when
>>>>>> a
>>>>>> person is startled they tend to raise their non-dominant hand to
>>>>>> protect
>>>>>> their head. If at the time they are steering a car on the left of the
>>>>>> road, 9 out of 10 will therefore sverve into oncoming traffic.
>>>>>> Apparently the effect is statistically significant.
>>>>>
>>>>> It seems we left our history far behind. Have you ever noticed where
>>>>> the
>>>>> good old Wells Fargo stage coach driver sat, ...on the right, shotgun
>>>>> on
>>>>> the left.
>>>>
>>>> Don't see many of them 'round these here parts. :- )
>>>
>>> Note the driver on the left.
>>> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Concord_stagecoach_1869.png
>>
>> Sorry, that was the right, the shot gun was on the left.
>> Now I don't know my left from my right!
>
> I worked that out. :- )
>
> I wonder why they did it that way, since the driver is on the ejector
> side...?

Not for a double-barreled shotgun.

> Maybe the convention pre-dates the widespread use of repeating rifles.

Yep. I presume "shotgun" literally meant a shotgun.


From: Savageduck on
On 2009-11-14 06:58:27 -0800, George Kerby <ghost_topper(a)hotmail.com> said:

>
>
>
> On 11/14/09 4:55 AM, in article
> 2009111402550242612-savageduck1(a)REMOVESPAMmecom, "Savageduck"
> <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:
>
>> On 2009-11-14 02:53:09 -0800, Savageduck <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com>
>> said:
>>
>>> On 2009-11-14 02:30:45 -0800, "Wilba" <usenet(a)CUTTHISimago.com.au> said:
>>>
>>>> Savageduck wrote:
>>>>> Wilba said:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Years ago I read that left-hand drive is safer overall, because when a
>>>>>> person is startled they tend to raise their non-dominant hand to protect
>>>>>> their head. If at the time they are steering a car on the left of the
>>>>>> road,
>>>>>> 9 out of 10 will therefore sverve into oncoming traffic. Apparently the
>>>>>> effect is statistically significant.
>>>>>
>>>>> It seems we left our history far behind. Have you ever noticed where the
>>>>> good old Wells Fargo stage coach driver sat, ...on the right, shotgun on
>>>>> the left.
>>>>
>>>> Don't see many of them 'round these here parts. :- )
>>>
>>> Note the driver on the left.
>>>
> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Concord_stagecoach_1869.pn>>
> g
>>
>> Sorry, that was the right, the shot gun was on the left.
>> Now I don't know my left from my right!
> The negative was flopped...?

Aah! The Billy The Kid, left hand gun paradox.


--
Regards,

Savageduck

From: Neil Harrington on

"Savageduck" <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote in message
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> On 2009-11-14 06:58:27 -0800, George Kerby <ghost_topper(a)hotmail.com>
> said:
>
>>
>>
>>
>> On 11/14/09 4:55 AM, in article
>> 2009111402550242612-savageduck1(a)REMOVESPAMmecom, "Savageduck"
>> <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:
>>
>>> On 2009-11-14 02:53:09 -0800, Savageduck
>>> <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com>
>>> said:
>>>
>>>> On 2009-11-14 02:30:45 -0800, "Wilba" <usenet(a)CUTTHISimago.com.au>
>>>> said:
>>>>
>>>>> Savageduck wrote:
>>>>>> Wilba said:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Years ago I read that left-hand drive is safer overall, because when
>>>>>>> a
>>>>>>> person is startled they tend to raise their non-dominant hand to
>>>>>>> protect
>>>>>>> their head. If at the time they are steering a car on the left of
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> road,
>>>>>>> 9 out of 10 will therefore sverve into oncoming traffic. Apparently
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> effect is statistically significant.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> It seems we left our history far behind. Have you ever noticed where
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> good old Wells Fargo stage coach driver sat, ...on the right, shotgun
>>>>>> on
>>>>>> the left.
>>>>>
>>>>> Don't see many of them 'round these here parts. :- )
>>>>
>>>> Note the driver on the left.
>>>>
>> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Concord_stagecoach_1869.pn>>
>> g
>>>
>>> Sorry, that was the right, the shot gun was on the left.
>>> Now I don't know my left from my right!
>> The negative was flopped...?
>
> Aah! The Billy The Kid, left hand gun paradox.

Yep. To this day, many (probably most) people still believe that Henry
"Billy the Kid" McCarty was left-handed. One of the movies about him, "The
Left Handed Gun," has surely contributed to that falsehood.