Shin­ing a light on Italy’s up­side-down switches

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – Ralph Nay­lor (Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 28) asks why Ital­ians fit their elec­tri­cal switches up­side down.

I as­sume they have fol­lowed the Amer­i­cans. In the Six­ties I worked on Amer­i­can radar and ra­dio equip­ment, then in ser­vice in the Royal Air Force, which had the same switch ori­en­ta­tion. We called them “knicker switches”: when they’re up they’re on and when they’re down they’re off. David Til­son

Stam­ford, Lin­colnshire

SIR – Maybe the an­swer is cats.

Our last cat seemed not to like the dark and roamed about the house, leap­ing at light switches and pulling them down.

I had the switches turned up­side down. The cat never mas­tered the art of push­ing them up. Len J Preece

High Wy­combe, Buck­ing­hamshire

SIR – Un­like the Ital­ians, at least the Is­raelis can point to their writ­ing be­ing back-to-front as an ex­cuse for their switches be­ing up­side down (and their salt cel­lars hav­ing sev­eral holes, while their pep­per shak­ers sport but one). Neville Teller

Beit Shemesh, Is­rael

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