I was working on an Android app set of wireframes and then tried to add the reply and reply all icons from Material Design Icon Font. I browsed up and down to find out the common arrow for reply or the double arrow for reply all were facing to the left, when I was looking them to point to the right since it's an event that should happen in the future. As an example, forward (which is also an event that will happen in the future) points to the right, as in any common "future timeline"
Obviously, I was wrong, since most programs I could think about use the pointing to the left arrows. Personally, I find that extremely counter-intuitive, but I'd like to know the rationale behind that and/or how did it show for the first time. I have a wild guess on the reason, but seems quite far fetched, and the other reason I could think about is "someone did it first, and it just stuck".
Examples below so you can see what I mean