Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Tournez Manèges !
I didn't know that the way a carousel turns can depend on the country you are in.
So I search for some answer : "In the UK and Europe, merry-go-rounds usually turn clockwise, while in North America, carousels typically go anti-clockwise (or "counter-clockwise"). One mounts a real horse by lifting one's right leg over the animal's back as it stands with its head towards one's left (the horse's left side is called its "near" side). Likewise for a carousel that turns anti-clockwise: one stands on the near side of the horse to mount (towards the center of the carousel, not on its outer edge). One possible reason for carousels in the USA turning anti-clockwise may be so that the rider can use their right hand to catch a brass ring." (wikipedia)
Now I'm confused... This carousel up there is turning anti-clockwise, isn't it?
So then... maybe it's not french?! We must go and check !