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"The topographical knowledge of cab drivers themselves is something of a mystery. In all the centuries of regulations pertaining to hired carriages, there is not a single mention of the need to be familiar with the streets. There are hundreds of rules concerning speed and soberity, suspension and interior padding, the proper feeding of horses, the undesirability of blocking pavements, driving through processions, insulting pedestrains, mistreating female passengers and removing one's clothes in warm weather, but nothing that required a driver to know the shortest way to get from one place to another. But since cabs eventually displayed lanterns of different colours to show which part of Paris they would serve, it might be assumed that the drivers' knowledge had always been limited in any case, and that the exact route was often left to the whim of the cab horse." - A passage from "Parisians- An Adventure History Of Paris" by Graham Robb