[IrishElk] Walk on the Wild Side

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[IrishElk] Walk on the Wild Side

Postby irishelk » Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:46 pm

Wow, pretty new forum! Thanks, Admin!
My puzzles on the old forum were in Limbo, and I'm about to go $p0i1 them over there if anyone still cares. I'm starting fresh. =)
I feel like this one will go rather quickly.


There's a rule that I've never seen written down, but most people seem to know it. The rule is pointless when there are only a few people, useful when there are a moderate amount of people, and useless again when there's a massive crowd. What is it?
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Re: [IrishElk] Walk on the Wild Side

Postby Balin » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:17 pm

Is the rule a social rule, then?
Does the rule relate to crowds of pedestrians? Traffic jams?
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Re: [IrishElk] Walk on the Wild Side

Postby irishelk » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:37 pm

Balin

Is the rule a social rule, then? Yes.
Does the rule relate to crowds of pedestrians? Yes. Traffic jams? No.
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Re: [IrishElk] Walk on the Wild Side

Postby RedWine » Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:20 am

Does the rule relate to all crowds of pedestrians, wherever they would be? Or to crowds in a specific place?
Are escalators relevant? Is public transportation relevant?
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Re: [IrishElk] Walk on the Wild Side

Postby irishelk » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:10 pm

RedWine

Does the rule relate to all crowds of pedestrians, wherever they would be? No. Or to crowds in a specific place? Yesish.
Are escalators relevant? Yes! Is public transportation relevant? No.
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Re: [IrishElk] Walk on the Wild Side

Postby Doriana » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:15 pm

Standing on the right / walking on the left relevant?
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Re: [IrishElk] Walk on the Wild Side

Postby irishelk » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:05 pm

Doriana

Standing on the right / walking on the left relevant? I knew this would go quick. Well done.

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I find that almost everyone, at least in my area, knows that when you are on an escalator, one side is for standing, the other is for walking. Our city also does stand on the right/walk on the left...I'd be curious to know if anywhere did the reverse...

But if there's few people, it doesn't matter because everyone pretty much has the escalator to themselves, and if there's a massive crowd, it doesn't matter because no one's moving anyway.
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Re: [IrishElk] Walk on the Wild Side

Postby Doriana » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:01 pm

Nice one.
I've actually seen that rule written down somewhere, I think it was on the London Underground. And although they drive on the left handside in the UK, it's still stand on the right / walk on the left on their escalators ;)
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Re: [IrishElk] Walk on the Wild Side

Postby irishelk » Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:47 pm

Isn't that interesting? I wonder why. I find that Americans also tend to walk down streets and hallways like we drive--on the right side, pass on the left. Same for left-side drivers?
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