For many years after I started playing guitar the big E string was the 1st string and the A was 2nd, D 3rd, and so on. Then I find out I'm wrong and some yo-yo officially numbered the dang thing backwards! What kind of sense does that make?!! When I look down at my guitar while playing, the closest string to my eyes is that big E string. Naturally that should be the first string, right? The little e is farthest away so it should be last, or sixth, right? Logical, right? Noooooo! Some guy standing on his head numbered them. Either that or it was Albert King, but I wouldn't say anything to him if he was around 'cause he was way bigger than me. When I try to explain how to play something to someone, I sometimes catch myself making that same mistake, even after playing more than 50 years.