Date: Fri, 28 May 93 17:42:50 PDT
Subject: drive-by anthropology
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From: email@example.com (Dave Yost)
From: The Stuff You Always Wanted To Know Department
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firstname.lastname@example.org (S|ren Erland Vest|) wrote:
>> They are even still driving in the 'wrong' ;) side of the road...
to which email@example.com (Don Stokes) replied:
> I cannot let this pass.
> The Reason you should Drive on the Left Hand Side of the Road is so that
> you may Engage an Oncoming Enemy with your Sword Hand in the Optimum
> Position for Effective Defence. By driving on the Right Hand Side, you
> are Risking the Lives of Yourself and your Passengers to the Thieves,
> Vagabonds and Murderers you may Encounter whilst Travelling.
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> Right, almost. By driving on the Right Hand Side you can block Hostile
> Blows with the Shield you Surely wear on your Left Arm, instead of
> Getting your Sword Arm Cut up and Cut off your Body.
-- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sverker Wiberg)
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> So what you mean is that driving in the UK (or NZ or any other country
> that drives on the wrong side of the road) without a sword can be
> hazardous because there are so much thieves and murderers on the road.
> (Does this mean that you can take a sword through customs without problems
> in these countries or is the sword included when renting a car ;-)?
-- email@example.com (Andreas L}ngstr|m)
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> Now that I'm in the US I can see the sense in driving on the right!
> It means that you can keep your machine gun on your lap pointing at
> on comming trafic and still have the trigger to hand (right hand).
> I think the fact the the UK ( and other countries ) still drive on
> the left proves that they are much safer. We don't need to drive on
> the right so we can carry machine guns!
-- firstname.lastname@example.org (Guy Dawson)
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> Ahhh, but this explains perfectly why in the states the drivers seat is
> on the left side of the car!
> In Europe you may worry more about Thieves and Vagabonds
> you may encounter, but here in the states the primary concern is that
> when being persued by the authorities you can easily turn sideways in
> your seat, reaching your right arm out the window and shooting at
> the police who are following you during a high speed chase. In
> Europe you would first have to shoot your rear window out before
> being able to fire upon the officers. Likewise, a single officer
> persuing you by himself would have difficulty shooting forwards:
> that is why they always travel in pairs.
> Also, in a drive-by shooting, you can rest the shotgun in your lap
> and only place the last three or four inches of the barrel out the
> window. In Europe you would have to hang the entire weapon and
> the majority of your arm out the window. Much harder to
> control your shot, and would alert your adversary to your intents.
-- email@example.com (Emery W. Lapinski)
© 1993 Peter Langston