Harvey Chao is more or less right in the answers to the carousel
trivia he submitted yesterday. All American-made carousels turn in
a counter-clockwise direction.
Why? Possibly because of the ring machines that used to always go with
American merry-go-rounds (to use the down-to-earth term for a carou-
sel). Right-handed people needed to sit or stand on the machine so
that they could grab rings with their right hand. Hence the counter-
clockwise direction. That also means that on American merry-go-round
figures, the fancy (romance) side of the animal -- the side most
elaborately carved and decorated -- was the right-hand side.
The opposite is true for most (all?) European machines. They turn in a
clockwise direction and the left side of the animal is the fancy side,
if there is a difference.
So there are far more than two machines that turn clockwise, as a trip
to Europe will show.