righty tighty, lefty loosey

January 25, 2010

The world is upside down!

Okay, maybe I’m being dramatic. But my bread world is upside down. Or at least backwards.

Here’s the thing–why do the temps in giant bread factories and Great Harvest Stores wrap the twist ties such that I have to unwind clockwise to open the bread?

Everybody except bike mechanics knows (cuz of the cranks), righty tighty, lefty loosey.

Right?

And yet, every time I try to open a new loaf of bread, I end up closing it before I realize the mistake. A guy could starve before he gets a new loaf open.

Let’s review. Righty Tighty. Lefty Loosey.

9 Responses to “righty tighty, lefty loosey”

  1. KanyonKris Says:

    I’m with you. I’ve cranked the bread ties tighter until I realized it was a lefty.

    Diversity is good, but without standardization we have chaos.

    I didn’t know until I was married that the buttons *for shirts, etc.) are on one side for women, the other side for men. Why not put the buttons on the same side for all? Is this a cross-dressing deterrent?

    • Paul Maude Says:

      so apparently there’s two thoughts on this one…

      in days of chivalry when men were dashing and women were damsels, men (being mostly right handed) would carry their swords on their left side and so that they didn’t catch their swords on their shirt flaps or trouser flaps as they were drawing to fight for honour, the flaps were designed with the buttons on the right. But, this may also have followed on from the days knights wore armour and the latches were on the right to prevent the other right-handed ‘Sir’ from sticking a pike through the seam.

      As for the ladies, not long ago, rich women were incapable of dressing themselves so the buttons were on the left to allow their righthanded servants to button up their blouses.

      Hence the differing sides.

  2. bikemike Says:

    i keep a small butane blow torch in the kitchen to handle those nasty little tie thingies.

  3. JB Says:

    It’s amazing that you haven’t lost your mind with the things that you notice. I don’t even know what to say except, poor Kim!

  4. Mike J Says:

    All the bread that we buy has those plastic clamp things to keep the bread bag closed. It’s like the bread bag equivalent of velco shoes for people who can’t tie a bow. Make the switch before someone gets hurt.

  5. allez m2 Says:

    Hey, thanks for highlighting the complex world that bike mechanics have to live in (reverse threads being the least of their skills, of course). Makes you want to throw your mechanic a tip every now and again. (hint hint)

  6. jruss Says:

    There are a few brake and derailer (spelled derailer on purpose – R.I.P. Sheldon Brown) cables that come wound counterclockwise (positive according to the right-hand rule). I always, always unravel the cable end on these backwards cables, causing me to curse, scratch my head, and then force myself to roll the cable end the other way. Lame.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-hand_rule

  7. Shawn Says:

    Exactly the reason that I usually remove the tie and promptly toss it in the trash after getting the first slice of bread out of the bag. I then grab the open, spin the bottom of the bag to close the bag, then place the twisted end under the weight of the bread to hold it closed. Other than the first opening of the bag, problem solved.

    • dug Says:

      Shawn, that’s my solution too.

      Although, you kind of imply that if we didn’t do it that way we would be tempted to re apply the twist tie backwards again. And, well, no. Never.


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