What do you see? Books. Good. Closer…No?
All right. Let me tell you. You see books with their titles printed on the spine. Some have a thick spine and the words run left to right (or right to left in some countries).
Most books you’ll find have the title running top to bottom. You need to tilt your head to the right in order to read the title. If you read English or American books, that is. If you read German books, you’d have to tilt your head to the left and read the print on the spine bottom-up. If you read both English and German books, your head violently shakes from right to left and back to the right again as you browse your book shelves.
How funny that there is this country or language-specific rule. I wonder if other countries also have a related preference and what that might be. Who’s the odd one out – Anglo-Saxons or Germans?