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Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#2328
Fun:*** (2.97)
Difficulty:*** (2.25)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:ChuckieChen***
Corrected By:boodler

 

 

 



There is a reason why men's clothes have buttons on the right while women have buttons on the left. What is it?


Answer

Most people are right handed and find it easier to fasten a button which is on the right through a hole which is on the left. This is why men's buttons are on the right. When buttons were first used it was rich people who could afford clothes with buttons. Among this class the ladies were often dressed by maid servants. The servant would face the lady and so it was easier for right handed servants to fasten buttons which were on the lady's left.
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Comments

captbob61
Mar 26, 2002

Very interesting!!!
emilymonkeymaia
Apr 14, 2002

Cool! That is NEAT! Thanks for sharing that with us!
jeanray*
Apr 15, 2002

I was told it was the contrary!
The MEN were dressed by their butlers...
Maybe different in US?
bighippo4*
Apr 15, 2002

interesting!
Mogmatt16Ava*
Apr 15, 2002

Right from a book so i knew it of the bat
nanand
Apr 16, 2002

i thought it was men who always unbutton clothes hihihi...........
setzerknight
Apr 17, 2002

living and learning...
fatlingon
Apr 17, 2002

Ive heard another story/reason why the buttons are on diffrent sides. When a man and his woman should be seated at the table the "opening" should be turned towards eachother. Although I admit the story you said makes more sence! =)
boost
Apr 21, 2002

This is more trivia than a puzzle, but still very interesting *G*
GoldieLuvNeopets*
Apr 24, 2002

WOW! I didn't know that. Thanks for another useless peice of infomation!
dtwazere
Apr 25, 2002

thanx for the history lesson, i get enough at school!
O_wise_one*
May 19, 2002

Very....uh...interesting? but why do you know that?
andy1608
Jun 08, 2002

This was easy. My servant told me the answer.
andmar22
Jun 13, 2002

That is a good bit of imformation.
odcsurferchick
Jun 17, 2002

that was the kewlest history lessen i have had! that wasnt a bad thing! i like this 1! me putting it on my favs
dumbell**
Aug 21, 2002

My husband tells me the 'real' answer is that it makes it easier to get a womans clothing off when it's dark!! I'm going to have words with him! much prefer your answer
jimbo*au*
May 06, 2003

I was sure it was because the men's clothes have the button holes on the left and vice versa.
tigersheltonAus*
Aug 31, 2005

Really original!
irishthistleAus*
Sep 04, 2005

Very interesting. You got me, I never thought of that.
smarty_blondy*ro*
Oct 01, 2005

Actualy i was asking myself the same question yesterday, but never had the time to look it up. That you for the interesting fact.
KalliannAus*
Jan 05, 2006

Now here is something that I never knew! Thank you for teaching us something.
SPUTNIK2Aus*
Feb 12, 2006

that was very interesting, I've learned so many interesting tidbits on this site! thanks for the teaser
mitzimesserAil*
May 04, 2006

I think I like the "easier to get the clothes off" answer best....

I learn something new everyday on this site...
OldChinaHand**
Aug 09, 2006

This is why I must employ left handed servants.
eyenowhourus*
Dec 14, 2006

Interesting. Did not know that.
dutchymonster*en*
Dec 16, 2006

I knew that one and got it right - Damn I'm smart
dutchymonster*en*
Dec 16, 2006

I knew that one and got it right - Damn I'm smart
cloughmeAws*
Jul 13, 2007

Excellent!! One learns something new everyday!
cooltigerr1Aus*
Jul 13, 2007

awesome
i learned something new!
jennrenee23Aus*
Jul 13, 2007

Very interesting....
anion*
Jul 13, 2007

Awesome!!! Thanks for the trivia. I can use it on my friends today and seem very wise...hehehe
udoboy*us*
Jul 13, 2007

I'd have thought it's because, if a man is properly escorting a woman on his left, he cannot see into her shirt.
lmurray*cn*
Jul 13, 2007

I AM VERY PLEASE TO SEE SOMEONE SHARE A LITTLE OF THEIR KNOWLEDGE.

GOOD JOB YOU HAVE MADE QUITE A FEW PEOPLE HAPPY AND MORE INFORMED.
puttumupus*
Jul 13, 2007

fun and enternaneing.and educatioel.
bradon182001*us*
Jul 13, 2007

I knew this. Don't know how I knew it, but I did. Good bit of interesting information. Thanks.
doeheadAus*
Jul 13, 2007

I really never thought or cared about this,but it was an ok trivia.
solotravlrA*
Jul 13, 2007

RIVETING!!!!
DUH
Yorkshire-BoyAen*
Jul 13, 2007

I knew that , so it was easy...If its more difficult for women to fasten/unfasten the buttons, why has it not been changed over the years, so all buttons are on the right? it would have been difficult if I didn't know it...but that's always the case I suppose !
BrockAus*
Jul 13, 2007

nice teaser
dcsprouse001Aus*
Jul 13, 2007

i seriously didn't know that, but i always wondered why. nice teaser though!
RRAMMOHAN*in*
Jul 13, 2007

Another good explanation for a thing we take granted! But I wonder if this reasoning has any support from old writing or other source.
phyllisa*us*
Jul 13, 2007

I heard this from my Mom too, many years ago.
J4nu5*
Jul 13, 2007

In current times, it makes it easier for the guy to take of his ladies shirt and get thigns going...
JKnightDAus*
Jul 13, 2007

I had always thought the same as udoboy; that the reason the women's blouses had the buttons on the opposite side was to protect her dignity when a man escorts her in the proper manner.

The proper manner, btw, has the woman on the left arm so as to keep the man's sword arm free.
guitargirl55
Jul 13, 2007

I would never have guessed that...but good teaser
hradilv**
Jul 13, 2007

Here's the description of a Trivia Brain Teaser: Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.

Well, I think this is pure trivia.
jabdrAus*
Jul 13, 2007

I loved learning something new. Good one
Harmony_GirlAus*
Jul 13, 2007

That was awesome! I didn't even know they were on different sides...
ShikamaruAus*
Jul 13, 2007

ACTUALLY, i believe that it was because men wore swords, and they had to have it so that your sword didn't get caught in your coat or anything else with buttons while drawing it - you would easily get killed if you couldn't draw your sword.
Stupidenator*
Jul 13, 2007

sword, button hole WHAT?!
i dont get that comment
2ndhandroseca*
Jul 13, 2007

I enjoyed all the other comments
as I am late looking at this.
It wasn't a true teaser but the person who said "just another piece of useless info." is wrong.

You should never stop learning & at my age it keeps me sharp to learn & try new things all the time.

THANKS FOR THE INFO
2ndhandroseca*
Jul 13, 2007

SORRY, 2nd posting but:

I didn't understand that sword
thing either????????????
mondayschild59Aus*
Jul 13, 2007

Yes! I knew that little bit of trivia would come in handy one day.
Thanks for the post. It was fun.

Monday~
saltydavidAus*
Jul 13, 2007

I've got a new small talk topic.
Infinitoid*
Jul 13, 2007

i always thought everyones buttons are on the same side
weirdness yo
sbuskeAus*
Jul 13, 2007

I read these aty lunch time at work, and when the situation warrents it, i share them with my co-workers. They will enjoy this one.
timon_dmlybotsAph*
Jul 13, 2007

data save!
speedqueenkmwAus*
Jul 14, 2007

fun fact
mmmcla01A*
Jul 14, 2007

Are we talking about buttons on shirts or pants?? Because although some pairs of women's pants (not many that I've seen) have buttons on the left, most of them, including all jeans that I know of, have them on the right...

Not sure about men's, but I'm certain about the women's.

Also, although this is good trivia, I don't know if I would consider it a brain teaser..either you know it or you don't...or you look it up. There's really no way to figure it out unless you know it beforehand.
Blondie100Ade*
Jul 15, 2007

I have NO CLUE what this meant hehe , but i'm young and don't understand much.hehe
Blondie100Ade*
Jul 15, 2007

Funny thing my mom didn't have a clue either hehe and she's old! WOW Nice teaser though....I think hehe
liv-laf-luv
Jul 25, 2007

wow! i never new - i love interesting facts like that -
thanks!!!
hotboxedAus*
Jul 25, 2007

Very interesting! I love learning new things!
craniacAus*
Jul 13, 2010

Hmmm ... I'm very skeptical about this bit of trivia. I believe in past centuries, rich people, both men and women, had servants to help dress them. so that wouldn't explain the difference in where buttons are located on men's and women's clothes.

This sounds like the result of mere speculation. Just because an explanation sounds initially convincing, that's no reason to assume it's correct. Speculation isn't a valid method for determining questions on fact. Only solid, hard, historical evidence can confirm or deny the truth of an explanation.

I searched Snopes.com for an answer to this question and didn't find one, so I emailed them to ask that they research the matter. If they do so, I'll be back to post the results of their research.
craniacAus*
Jul 13, 2010

Butterfingers this morning ... the phrase in par. 2 above should read "questions OF fact," not "questions ON fact."
doeheadAus*
Jul 13, 2010

This trivia was interesting when it was first published, but it's time to button it up.
crazy10manAus*
Jul 13, 2010

Interesting!

Here's an article explaining the history of the different buttons:

http://www.ehow.com/
facts_5923894_do-women-button-shirts-left_.html

(no spaces)
antlerladyAus*
Jul 13, 2010

Well that's one thought. My research shows that there are several ideas about this but no definitve answer. Answers on origins of words and practices are often like this -- nobody knows for sure but here's a thought. Things happen gradually anyway. Most likely nbody ever stood up and said "from now on we'll do it this way." Enough babbling.
auntiesisAus*
Jul 13, 2010

I knew this, don't know how I knew, just did.
MajorAlanus*
Jul 14, 2010

Actually, the comment about drawing a sword is correct. Most men wore their swords on the left hip, and if the coat opening was facing left, the action of drawing a sword could be interfered with by the coat. (not the button holes).
Babe*
Jul 13, 2013

There are a lot of different stories about this, but what I am trying to figure out is what makes this a brain teaser?
gaylewolfAus*
Jul 13, 2013

Interesting piece of information, but it's not a brain teaser!
cutebugAus**
Jul 13, 2013

I always was under the believe that it was so a man could undress a woman easier.
HABS2933Aca*
Jul 13, 2013

lol cutebug! I agree that though this seems to be the prevailing school of thought about the reason behind buttons on different sides of clothing, who can say for sure this is correct? IT does make a lot more sense than other explanations.
The prevalence of right-handedness is also the "reason" behind watches being worn on the left wrist ,so you can use you right hand to wind them (yes children, once upon a time watches had hands on them, and were required to be wound on a daily basis).
I am also among those who do not see this as a brain-teaser. It is a trivia question, a slight difference.



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