I've bought a few euro garments and noticed the zippers were on the <i>wrong</i> side.
Most people's dominant hand is their right hand.
When preparing to zip up, the lower end of the "nekkid" side of the zipper must be fiddled into the pully-thingy (which I just found out is called the "slider", a term I refuse to use since it makes no sense). So when the pully-thingy is on the left, the right hand can handle the lower end of the other side, so as to insert it into the pully-thingy.
When the pully-thingy is on the right, I have to use my left to insert the thing. Like most people, my left is not
my dominant hand.
So having the pully-thingy on the left, where it must only be stabilized by hand, makes perfect sense. Y'all 'mericans got lefty zippers, with the pully-thingy on the right.
This makes a certain degree of sense. On my first visit to the US, I noticed that your doorknobs go the wrong way. As do keys in locks, or even rotating lock-knob-thingies in bathroom stalls. I had a second's worth of panic when I couldn't open the door of the toilet stall in the Emeryville Amtrak station. Pop culture had never prepared me for this.
Here in (continental) Europe, if you stand before a door and the doorknob is on the right, to open, you turn it counter-clockwise. Ditto for for a key you'd insert in a lock on your right.
Basically, imagine the doorknob or key was a doorhandle. Rotate it like you'd rotate the doorhandle, same direction. That's the European way.
Which is the way that makes perfect sense. Doorhandles, doorknobs, and keys in locks on a door, they must all be rotated the same way to effect opening/unlocking. The way you lot do it is just ... wrong.
I recall witnessing the difference on a car-door even.
Here, in (continental) Europe, to unlock the driver's side door, the key is turned counter-clockwise. To open the passenger side door, it is turned clockwise. I'm pretty sure it was brother MATPOC's Honda where I noticed the passenger sided door requiring counter-clockwise key-rotation. You had a Honda then, Dmitry, or am I imagining that?
If there were absolutely anything to be afraid of, don't you think I would have worn pants?
I said I have a big stick.