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Thread: Napoleon's Greatest Foe.. according to the git himself.

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    Veteran Member Micro Machines Champion, Race Against Time Champion Tedminator's Avatar
    Jun 2010

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    The Brits drive on the left. So did everyone before Napoleon. I'm not sure how we got into that habit in North America, but on the left is, I believe, from the ancient custom of meeting opposite side travelers right-side to right-side because that's where most people carry their weapon.
    Googles sez.. blame the teamsters!
    In the late 1700s, however, teamsters in France and the United States began hauling farm products in big wagons pulled by several pairs of horses. These wagons had no driver’s seat; instead the driver sat on the left rear horse, so he could keep his right arm free to lash the team. Since he was sitting on the left, he naturally wanted everybody to pass on the left so he could look down and make sure he kept clear of the oncoming wagon’s wheels. Therefore he kept to the right side of the road.

    In Russia, in 1709, the Danish envoy under Tsar Peter the Great noted the widespread custom for traffic in Russia to pass on the right, but it was only in 1752 that Empress Elizabeth (Elizaveta Petrovna) officially issued an edict for traffic to keep to the right. In addition, the French Revolution of 1789 gave a huge impetus to right-hand travel in Europe.
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    Above the FRAY Friday13's Avatar
    Sep 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Putin is 5ft 6 , according to this:

    Similar attitude indeed, yes, I will agree there lol
    I've seen claims from 5'-3" to 5'-6". Either way, Putin is inches shorter than me. All narcissists embellish...

    Like tRump who has always said he's 6'-2", his "new doctor" said 6'-3", standing next to Obama who is 6'-1" he's the same height. I guess it depends on which lifts either of them (Putin and tRump) is wearing that day. .

    This one says he's 5'-5"

    This one says he's almost 5'-7"

    Merkel is 5'-5"

    Obama is 6'-1"
    Last edited by Friday13; 29th January 2018 at 02:26 AM.
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    olguy OlGuy's Avatar
    May 2016

    Shorter people seem to be more dangerous, well maybe not QEII. I heard Napoleons Army had a logistical advantage utilizing the new invention of canned food, though the can opener wouldn't be invented to later.
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    Established Member Idiocracat's Avatar
    Jul 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by Friday13 View Post
    He was 5'-6"...taller than Putin...same attitude.
    I wonder if Napoleon had a pet orangutan too.
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