Friday, August 03, 2007

From the department of insignificant details

One of life's trivial details that I hadn't noticed until finally getting my tottering stacks of books organized this afternoon.

Titles on the spines of American books are printed from top to bottom.

For the most part, French books are the opposite, with titles reading from bottom to top.

So this means that in a French book store, you get neck-crick on your left side from examining the selection of titles on the shelves. In an English-language bookstore, stiff neck will be on the right. Mixing them up on the bookshelf at home is a sure-fire way to get dizzy.

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