Ah, the human being… Centuries and centuries of evolution; centuries and centuries of habits. But where do these habits and customs come from that we no longer question today? Shaking hands, toasting, the location of cutlery, at the table, washing hands after having made a huge poo, all these things have their origin and their explanation in the history of humanity. And that’s what this top promises to show you today (we won’t reimburse anyone).
1. The watch on the left wrist
It’s a winding issue. The watches have, for the most part, a crown located on the right; suddenly, if you wear them on the right wrist, it’s a hassle to go up. While on the left wrist, well, it’s really more practical, especially if you’re right-handed. Since 90% of people are right-handed… It all makes sense. And I wear my watch on my right wrist and fuck you.
2. Placement of cutlery
Why put the fork on the left, the knife on the right, the spoon in front and all the rest? Well, we don’t know. It’s been like that from the moment when, for fear of being poisoned, the aristocrats began to be served at the table with large troughs that were shared blind. Note that dressage à la française initially required having the tips of the cutlery against the table so that the coat of arms was visible. Which was not the case in England. We ended up changing hands.
3. Why shouldn’t you cut your salad?
This boring and almost superstitious tradition actually comes from a very simple thing: at the time when the cutlery was not stainless, the vinaigrette attacked it badly. It was therefore up to the cook (or the cook, but let’s not kid ourselves, huh) to pre-cut the salad before serving it. If you cut her, you were screwing the knife and the cook’s CODEVI at the same time by criticizing her work.
4. The order of the meal
Why do we eat salt before eating sweet? Well, until the 18th century, who cares? Besides, there are quite a few parts of the world where we still don’t give a damn today. In reality, everything was laid out at the same time on the tables and the dessert was served after the serving of the table – hence its name. But it wasn’t really a dish. It was not until the middle of the 19th century that Russian order, with dishes served consecutively, became established in France.
5. Why are the buttons on jackets reversed for men and women?
Sounds stupid, but it made sense in the first place. Because when the buttons appeared, in the 13th century, the guys dressed alone and the women were helped by a servant. Maids were generally right-handed, and as a result it was much more convenient for them to wield buttons on the left side of clothes. And then it stayed.
6. What’s this “bless you” thing?
The expression dates back to an ancient belief that each time you sneeze, you evacuate a bit of your soul and therefore come inexorably closer to death. When someone sneezed, it was fashionable to lift their hat and make the sign of the cross. By saying “Bless you”, we warded off bad luck and we got closer to paradise. Today, it would be wiser to say “wala contaminates me not unhappy. »
7. And why are we toasting?
And bah because at one time, most political problems were solved with blows of poison. To be sure that the guy who smiled at you didn’t kill you at the same time, we toasted a big glass so that the liquids mixed and click clack clack we drank serenely.
8. In medieval times, we carried our sword on the left
It was better not to meet his buddies on that side, otherwise it would have been clong clong when the swords collided. So we got into the habit of driving on the left to avoid trouble. The system remained in England, whereas in France the eruption of horse-drawn carriages changed the situation: you had to be able to use your whip on the teams without being bored; so we started driving on the right.
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