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The Greatest Question In The WORLD!

FortKnox (169099) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 32

You know when you are walking down the hall, or through the cube farm, you are always hugging the right side, letting people pass you (going the other way) on the left?

In England, do walk on the opposite side in the hallway (do you hug the right side)?
Ethelred... do you guys[1] go as fast as you want, usually running just cause you can??You know when you are walking down the hall, or through the cube farm, you are always hugging the right side, letting people pass you (going the other way) on the left?

In England, do walk on the opposite side in the hallway (do you hug the right side)?
Ethelred... do you guys[1] go as fast as you want, usually running just cause you can??

[1] - Ethelred, when I refer to you and "you guys," I, of course, mean Germans (yeah, I know your American, but you ARE living out in doich land).

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My questions are... (1)

btlzu2 (99039) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070242)

How do you know Ethelred's American? Is Ethelred's American also known as subgeek? :) (Yeah, the grammar nazi is in da howse)

Re:My questions are... (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070353)

Hey, this is MY greatest question, not YOURS! ;-)

I thought I read Ethelred's from Virgina and moved out to Germany. He can correct me if I'm wrong (my mind sometimes makes up stories for the hell of it... its how I keep myself entertained) ;-)

Re:My questions are... (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070428)

dude, I'm sorry that this is your greatest question.

My greatest question is this:

Would you?

Re:My questions are... (1)

Iamthefallen (523816) | more than 10 years ago | (#10072746)

I'll easily top it with:

Have you?

Re:My questions are... (1)

Some Woman (250267) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070502)

He's from Minnesota. Or at least he passed through here with at least a fortnight's stay. And that makes him ours. There has never been a more dubious pleasure.

Re:My questions are... (1)

Ethelred Unraed (32954) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071139)

He's from Minnesota. Or at least he passed through here with at least a fortnight's stay. And that makes him ours. There has never been a more dubious pleasure.

Living in Minnesota was a dubious pleasure indeed. ;-)

I'm from Virginia. I lived in Minnesnowta for almost ten years, but I'm from Virginia. That's where I was born and lived the longest.

My parents are still in MN, but they may well up stakes in the near future and move back to ole Virginny for their retirement and to be nearer to my brother and niece (who never left Virginia).

Oh, and as for the hallway question, basically we run down the hallway full tilt until someone in front of us comes to a screeching halt for no apparent reason, then we all dig in our heels and come to a standstill. Then we spend an hour or two crawling forward inch by inch, which means it takes forever to get from one end of the hall to the other.

This is why increasing numbers of people resort to being carried through the air ducts on high-speed wheelbarrows, of course.

Cheers,

Ethelred

Re:My questions are... (1)

btlzu2 (99039) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071206)

Shit, I could've sworn you were from Montana!

Re:My questions are... (1)

Some Woman (250267) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071512)

Yes, he does have that crazed look about him. :^)

Re:My questions are... (1)

Ethelred Unraed (32954) | more than 10 years ago | (#10072537)

Only when I'm looking in the mirror.

Cheers,

Ethelred

Re:My questions are... (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#10072843)

If someone put a camera behind a silvered mirror...well...I'd never, ever, ever want to risk running for any public office.

Re:My questions are... (1)

Ethelred Unraed (32954) | more than 10 years ago | (#10072329)

Well, duh, that's what MN stands for!

Cheers,

Ethelred

Re:My questions are... (1)

dthable (163749) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070540)

my mind sometimes makes up stories for the hell of it... its how I keep myself entertained

Mine never does.

Did you see how I totally schooled those other losers in the Tour de France?

Yeah, then Halle Berry and I had wild, passionate sex.

If you're going to make stuff up, at least make it damn good.

Re:My questions are... (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070658)

Umm... you couldn't have had sex with Ms. Berry. She's been in my pants for the past 7 years, dude!

Re:My questions are... (1)

loucura! (247834) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070783)

Huh, I guess she wears a belt then?

Re:My questions are... (1)

dthable (163749) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071087)

Oh, you didn't get the note?

She couldn't stand the amount of time you've been putting into the new site.

Sorry man.

I could always try to get you the hot auditor that's been running around here the last couple of days.

DAMN! I wish I worked in accounting.

Re:My questions are... (1)

btlzu2 (99039) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071297)

heh heh... I was nazi-izing about zees: "I know your American"

;)

Actually, (I learned this from Bay Area freeways), (1)

insanecarbonbasedlif (623558) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070782)

I run down the hall jumping from side to side, seemingly randomly, until I get behind someone, who I follow from 5 inches away, and keep waving my hands until they see me and move to the side.

I also give dirty looks to anyone who walks out of their office without waiting for me to pass.

while we're on the subject (1)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070986)

I will share the secret to avoiding those awkward (which is spelled awkwardly, don't you think?) instances where you are heading right towards someone and you both try to avoid each other and end up doing a dance.

The solution is simple: look one way and walk the other. Why does this work? I am not sure, but our feet have a tendency to follow our eyes and our eyes tend to look at the same thing someone else is looking at. So if you look in a direction the person facing you will look towards the same spot without meaning to. You will both then walk to the same spot. So if you look one way and walk the other you will cause the other person to walk to where you are looking.

I have tried this and it works. In fact, it makes you feel like you have ninja powers or something and is very confusing for the other person.

Re:while we're on the subject (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071155)

Cool, this is like some kind of freakish mind-control thing. By looking to the left, I magically make the person heading towards me move to my left! Personally however I always walk on the right and just shove people out of the way if they are too stupid to walk on the "right" side. Maybe I should get a hat that has an arrow pointing to my left with the words "move right" on it.

Hmm, I wonder if this trick could be used to get people to walk en-mass out into the street, say by first getting their attention (say with a big blinky light or a naked pic or a $20 bill on a wire) and then moving it towards the curb?

Re:while we're on the subject (1)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071284)

I would probably start with getting a single person to walk into a wall.

Thanks! I'll try it. (1)

eugene ts wong (231154) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071905)

In fact, I'll deliberately get into that situation so that I can try it. I definitely would feel like a ninja.

Re:Thanks! I'll try it. (1)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 10 years ago | (#10072768)

Just don't tell too many other people about it. If two ninjas use it on each other they could bonk heads and not even see it coming. Then they will feel decidedly un-ninja.

Re:while we're on the subject (1)

arb (452787) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071940)

I will share the secret to avoiding those awkward (which is spelled awkwardly, don't you think?) instances where you are heading right towards someone and you both try to avoid each other and end up doing a dance.

What about the more awkward situations, where the person you are walking towards recognises you and you recognise them, but neither of you know whether or not you are too far away to actually initiate eye contact or talk so you both sort of raise your eyebrows and end up making funny faces at each other and try to come up with a something witty to say?

Or the even worse situation when you meet the same person several times in the corridor and you've both run out of small talk/witty sayings?

I think Douglas Adams had a word for those situations in The Meaning of Liff, but I can't find my copy to check...

Re:while we're on the subject (1)

yuri benjamin (222127) | more than 10 years ago | (#10106506)

Corriemuchloch IIRC.

There's a whole set of related words in TMoL.

Re:Actually, (I learned this from Bay Area freeway (1)

Keith Russell (4440) | more than 10 years ago | (#10072137)

You'd fit right in with the people in my office who never use their TURN SIGNALS when they walk down the hall.

Yes. (1)

sbuckhopper (12316) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070932)

In England, do walk on the opposite side in the hallway (do you hug the right side)?
I almost took out about 10 people in Heathrow before I learned that the answer to the question is yes.

Re:Yes. (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#10070944)

AHA! I knew it! Sweet... I guess I can die knowing the answer to the greatest question in the WORLD(tm) :-)

Re:Yes. (1)

Ethelred Unraed (32954) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071181)

You mean you survived crossing the streets and always looking left before crossing? ;-)

(Damn, does that always mess me up. Of course, in the heart of London they helpfully have LOOK RIGHT painted on crosswalks for the benefit tourists, but still...)

Cheers,

Ethelred

Re:Yes. (1)

sbuckhopper (12316) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071271)

Actually the airport was probably a really good warning. I stopped at every street crossing and carefully looked both ways before crossing no matter how confident I was that I was looking the correct way.

Someone (while I was there) told me that was probably wise due to how messed up London's streets were anyway (with a lot of one way streets and all).

On the left. (1)

arb (452787) | more than 10 years ago | (#10071965)

Here in Australia people generally walk on the left side of the corridor/footpath/what-have-you. And the protocol on escalators/travellators is to keep to the left if you are just going along for the ride, but if you are a weirdo in a hurry and insist on walking when there is a perfectly good machine doing the walking for you already, then you huff and puff your way on the right hand side. It can cause great confusion and bottle-necks if someone stands on the right hand side of an escalator at the train station during peak hour...

You Guys (1)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 10 years ago | (#10072399)

Having just got back from 4 nights in Texas, I happen to know the correct term is "Y'all."

related question (1)

heliocentric (74613) | more than 10 years ago | (#10074335)

On a motorcycle, is the cluch hand and/or the shifting peddle on the "other" side?
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