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I have also frequently wondered why we learn to reverse things. It doesn't make me feel smart, it makes me feel like I'm passing a field sobriety test.
We learn to reverse things because folks often don't think about the order in which elements of a container (or whatever) will be used. Because of that there is a 50% chance they'll get the order wrong.
Right 98% of the time, and don't care about the other 3%.