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55 Responses to 7 Hand Gestures That`ll Get You Killed Overseas

  1. Profile photo of LittleMissQT
    LittleMissQT Female 18-29
    1271 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm
    Link: 7 Hand Gestures That`ll Get You Killed Overseas - Who knew that the ``thumbs up`` and the ``OK`` hand gesture were so crude?
  2. Profile photo of Boredered
    Boredered Male 18-29
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    June 4, 2008 at 7:30 pm
    wow, very nice vocab, that was creative
    funny guy tho :D
    laughed a couple
  3. Profile photo of patthebaker
    patthebaker Male 18-29
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm
    I give everyone a thumbs up
  4. Profile photo of patthebaker
    patthebaker Male 18-29
    1768 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm
    Escecially you fancylad lol.
  5. Profile photo of patthebaker
    patthebaker Male 18-29
    1768 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 9:07 pm
    @boredered
    What are you talking About?
  6. Profile photo of Tekno
    Tekno Female 30-39
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:09 pm
    Wow, lol.
  7. Profile photo of BoNe_Juggalo
    BoNe_Juggalo Male 13-17
    352 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 9:09 pm
    Does flipin` the bird mean anything anywhere else?
  8. Profile photo of Winter_ICE_0
    Winter_ICE_0 Male 13-17
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm
    Offendo-f***festival, my new favorite word.
  9. Profile photo of razzzledazzl
    razzzledazzl Female 13-17
    563 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 9:14 pm
    i JUST got done reading this lol.
    Like literally 2 seconds ago.
  10. Profile photo of viczko
    viczko Male 13-17
    906 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 9:16 pm
    haha wow i`m left handed... =o.... poo... almost literally....
  11. Profile photo of matt1119
    matt1119 Male 18-29
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:16 pm
    they`re not all hand gestures!
    are ANY of the captions on this site correct?
  12. Profile photo of viczko
    viczko Male 13-17
    906 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 9:16 pm
    =O damn censorship!
  13. Profile photo of LoofahBoy
    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:18 pm
    Eeeeeeeey!

  14. Profile photo of itsdrew
    itsdrew Male 13-17
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:19 pm
    i actually knew a lot of that stuff...not from personal experience...
  15. Profile photo of JazzyPiano
    JazzyPiano Female 18-29
    993 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 9:23 pm
    "Ayyyyy! I`m going to jam my thumb in your anus!"
    Never gonna look at the Fonz the same way again.
  16. Profile photo of theHUSHSOUND
    theHUSHSOUND Female 13-17
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm
    hey, i`m not really sure that china/thailand/w.e one about finishing ur meal is true. i have tons of chinese friends, and they`re all like in china, "plates are completely clean, no one leaves even a crumb left on their plate." pretty much all of my friends say that and express it.
  17. Profile photo of razzzledazzl
    razzzledazzl Female 13-17
    563 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 9:40 pm
    "Does flipin` the bird mean anything anywhere else?"

    A lot of other countries use that in the same way we do. I even went to Israel once and people did that haha. I bet it`s probably an american thing originally though...i guess, but maybe not.

  18. Profile photo of turbotong
    turbotong Male 18-29
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:42 pm
    the plate finishing Chinese rule only applies around Chinese New Year`s. It is traditional for the families to cook extra, unfinishable food for the yearly feast, to symbolize that they will have extra food throughout the year. They generally cook about 2 days worth of food anyway, so you shouldn`t have a problem. Only the poor who can`t cook enough follow this tradition by just not finishing their daily portion and finishing it the next day
  19. Profile photo of demonclown
    demonclown Male 18-29
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:46 pm

  20. Profile photo of hehehenerd
    hehehenerd Male 13-17
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:48 pm
    wow i didnt kno there were so much of these
  21. Profile photo of KoalaMeatPie
    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:50 pm
    Finishing your meal in China:

    Don`t fret it, they prepare a lot more food then you`d every be able to eat.

  22. Profile photo of laMigra77
    laMigra77 Male 30-39
    292 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 9:53 pm
    You should get a medal for finishing your food in China... you see what they eat?!? Fish heads, rice, their daughters.... screw communists and their crappy-ass food.
  23. Profile photo of citadel
    citadel Male 18-29
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    June 4, 2008 at 9:57 pm
    i knew about a few of them but the other like 4 i actually didnt know kinda kewl to know
  24. Profile photo of akijade
    akijade Female 18-29
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    June 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm
    In Japan, giving someone 4 or 9 of anything is essentially saying you hope they die. Same with taking potted plants to someone in the hospital.
  25. Profile photo of Ohnjaynb
    Ohnjaynb Male 18-29
    592 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 10:23 pm
    ::thumbs up::

    Eeeyyy, It`s Barry Zuckercorn from Arrested Development. Eeeyyyyy

  26. Profile photo of stephie1954
    stephie1954 Female 18-29
    412 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 10:50 pm
    laMirgra77 i prob wouldn`t finish my plate anywhere in China cept MacDonalds
  27. Profile photo of aBISS
    aBISS Male 13-17
    506 posts
    June 4, 2008 at 11:19 pm
    How the hell did the "thumbs-up = jams thumb up anus" gesture even originate.
  28. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    June 5, 2008 at 12:15 am
    Lol. I love when some of you find something foreign and get all confused.

    "Showing you middle finger = Finger up ass" Perfectly understandable.

    "Showing you a thumb = Thumb up ass" BIZARRE! HOW DO THESE THINGS OCCUR. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS THAT LED TO THIS?! *Brain explodes*

    The Arabs have just gone for girth rather than length.

    Also in the UK, showing 2 fingers (like a reverse peace sign) = F You.

    It originates from longbowmen. The French used to remove the fingers of the English so they couldn`t use their famed longbow skills. Showing those fingers was a way of saying to the French "Hey, look over here, I still have my two right fingers, and I`m about to F you with an arrow".

  29. Profile photo of TeHrussian
    TeHrussian Male 18-29
    490 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 12:48 am
    Well, the Russian one is true...
  30. Profile photo of coolbananas
    coolbananas Female 18-29
    859 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 1:46 am
    haha
    LOL @ loofahboy
  31. Profile photo of Devi3000
    Devi3000 Female 18-29
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    June 5, 2008 at 2:16 am
    I`m giving you all the finger right now.
  32. Profile photo of Aqua_Bird
    Aqua_Bird Female 13-17
    532 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 2:40 am
    razzzledazzl, nah, I think sticking your middle finger up originated from the ancient Romans or Greeks...
    Luckily I knew most of these BD
    Also handy to know in case someone pisses you off abroad.

    My favourite gesture is definitely sticking my fingers up as Baalthazaq mentioned.
    So effective :D

  33. Profile photo of ellia
    ellia Female 18-29
    165 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 4:00 am
    the one in the Philippines is wrong. we are actually required to finish our plates. it would be disrespectful if you fill your plate with food and then not finish it..
  34. Profile photo of Verymad
    Verymad Male 13-17
    102 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 4:06 am
    Well, i dont live in russia but we also have the Even Number of Flowers bid.
  35. Profile photo of audiogel123
    audiogel123 Male 18-29
    4 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 4:49 am
    Why am i not seeing what you guys are seeing. It brings me to a page with a load of asian lads sticking their thumbs up and that`s it.
  36. Profile photo of Malibu315
    Malibu315 Female 18-29
    233 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 8:20 am
    very interesting.
  37. Profile photo of aquazuba
    aquazuba Male 18-29
    426 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 9:11 am
    aaah, good ol` confusing hand signals...

    most of that, i thought, was common knowledge, but hey...

    i guess thats because i have no life and read a book about what americans should NOT do in any other country...

    and baalthazaq is right about the gesture...

    i dont remember what actor did it on leno, but he explained it...mighta been colin farrel

  38. Profile photo of xXsi666Xx
    xXsi666Xx Female 13-17
    169 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 10:00 am
    am Filipino and even i dont know that finishing your meal thing
  39. Profile photo of nowai
    nowai Male 18-29
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    June 5, 2008 at 10:09 am
    Hasn`t everyone had enough of people just posting the latest article on Cracked? Bookmark it so we don`t have to trawl through hundreds of "10 Best blah" on I-A-B.
  40. Profile photo of lagatitamala
    lagatitamala Female 18-29
    194 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 11:00 am
    lol that was funny...maybe i should lick my plate clean in front of my husband since he is thai and see what he says
  41. Profile photo of i-am-horny
    i-am-horny Male 13-17
    1053 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 11:11 am
    Ahhh i <3 the chineese
  42. Profile photo of 3justme3
    3justme3 Female 18-29
    498 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 1:12 pm
    glad to know theses now you know before i go around the world and get shuuunnned for hand movemnts :-D
  43. Profile photo of Tonyjet
    Tonyjet Male 18-29
    3298 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 1:20 pm
    thumbs up

    to this link

    fail

  44. Profile photo of Calibur15
    Calibur15 Male 18-29
    229 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    I`m a bit surprised they didn`t mention to endless meanings of the middle finger...
  45. Profile photo of stumped4ever
    stumped4ever Male 13-17
    577 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 3:34 pm
    ive been to the phillipines before, and my mom is also from there, and the "finish your plate gesture" is basically just finishing your dinner, nobody really cares. plus if they killed you then there goes a customer.
  46. Profile photo of stumped4ever
    stumped4ever Male 13-17
    577 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 3:35 pm
    plus most people in thailand/phillipines are poor, so if you`re hungry and finish every grain of rice on your plate, they`ll understand
  47. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
    15774 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm
    I wonder if there`s a place that greets each other with their middle finger extended...
  48. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 4:02 pm
    "Also in the UK, showing 2 fingers (like a reverse peace sign) = F You.

    It originates from longbowmen. The French used to remove the fingers of the English so they couldn`t use their famed longbow skills. Showing those fingers was a way of saying to the French "Hey, look over here, I still have my two right fingers, and I`m about to F you with an arrow"."

    That is not true. It sounds plausible, but the earliest mention of this explanation is from the 1970s when it`s supposed date back at least as far as 1415 (Agincourt). Also, English and Welsh archers were commoners, so they would be more likely to be killed if captured. There are no records of archers having their fingers cut off.

    A possible explanation is that it`s symbolic of horns, which were symbolic of a man whose wife is cheating on him. A man in that position would often be derided.

  49. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 4:05 pm
    Aqua_Bird: The Romans had a gesture they referred to as digitus impudens, but there`s no record of what the gesture was. It`s thought that it was sticking your middle finger up, which is an old gesture, but it isn`t known.
  50. Profile photo of bwuch
    bwuch Male 13-17
    290 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 4:05 pm
    I knew about the finishing your food one but i was surprised about the left handed gift one.
  51. Profile photo of randyintwin
    randyintwin Male 50-59
    730 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 6:46 pm
    Yah, don`t do `ok` in Japan either.. unless you`re talking intercourse..
  52. Profile photo of cabbitt
    cabbitt Female 18-29
    312 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 7:12 pm
    Stop staring at me food! I`m sorry, but I can`t eat you.

    Clean your plate Timmy.
    Mommy, I can`t.

  53. Profile photo of January16
    January16 Female 13-17
    233 posts
    June 5, 2008 at 7:33 pm
    I guess I`ll be keeping my bum here in the USA then...
  54. Profile photo of Matleao7
    Matleao7 Male 18-29
    44 posts
    June 11, 2008 at 1:09 pm
    I`M FROM dratING BRAZIL!!!! All that about us is rubbish...I eat burgers with my hands and pizza too!! And be sure I give an OK sign to my friends all the time... You bloody sart pants yankees should try and learn real stuff once in a goddamn while!

    Seu bando de dementes egocêntricos do caralho...!

  55. Profile photo of Matleao7
    Matleao7 Male 18-29
    44 posts
    July 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm
    is anybody going to awnser meeeeeee?

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