(stop sign by "felix the cat")
The American (it's probably not just American, but I've only noticed it here) four-way stop seems to be much more reasonable: if everyone follows the rules, then everyone will eventually get their way across an intersection. But there's the crux of it: you have to trust that people will follow the rules. And, miracle of miracles, people around here actually do. What is it that we can know about US society from the fact that I can largely trust Americans to stop at a stop sign?