7 Hand Gestures That`ll Get You Killed Overseas

Submitted by: littlemissqt 9 years ago in
http://www.cracked.com/article_16335_7-innocent-gestures-that-can-get-you-killed-overseas.html

Who knew that the ""thumbs up"" and the ""OK"" hand gesture were so crude?
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Male 44
is anybody going to awnser meeeeeee?
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Male 44
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...!

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Female 233
I guess I`ll be keeping my bum here in the USA then...
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Female 312
Stop staring at me food! I`m sorry, but I can`t eat you.

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

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Male 731
Yah, don`t do `ok` in Japan either.. unless you`re talking intercourse..
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Male 12,365
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.
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Male 290
I knew about the finishing your food one but i was surprised about the left handed gift one.
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Male 12,365
"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.

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Female 15,763
I wonder if there`s a place that greets each other with their middle finger extended...
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Male 577
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
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Male 577
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.
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Male 229
I`m a bit surprised they didn`t mention to endless meanings of the middle finger...
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Male 3,296
thumbs up

to this link

fail

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Female 498
glad to know theses now you know before i go around the world and get shuuunnned for hand movemnts :-D
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Male 1,053
Ahhh i <3 the chineese
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Female 194
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
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Male 3
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.
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Female 169
am Filipino and even i dont know that finishing your meal thing
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Male 426
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

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Female 233
very interesting.
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Male 4
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.
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Male 102
Well, i dont live in russia but we also have the Even Number of Flowers bid.
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Female 165
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..
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Female 532
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

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Female 1,496
I`m giving you all the finger right now.
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Female 859
haha
LOL @ loofahboy
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Male 490
Well, the Russian one is true...
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Male 4,546
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".

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Male 506
How the hell did the "thumbs-up = jams thumb up anus" gesture even originate.
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Female 412
laMirgra77 i prob wouldn`t finish my plate anywhere in China cept MacDonalds
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Male 592
::thumbs up::

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

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Female 1,006
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.
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Male 486
i knew about a few of them but the other like 4 i actually didnt know kinda kewl to know
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Male 292
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.
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Male 2,576
Finishing your meal in China:

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

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Male 5,970
wow i didnt kno there were so much of these
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Male 435

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Male 600
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
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Female 562
"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.

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Female 540
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.
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Female 993
"Ayyyyy! I`m going to jam my thumb in your anus!"
Never gonna look at the Fonz the same way again.
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Male 1,109
i actually knew a lot of that stuff...not from personal experience...
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Male 3,301
Eeeeeeeey!

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Male 905
=O damn censorship!
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Male 369
they`re not all hand gestures!
are ANY of the captions on this site correct?
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Male 905
haha wow i`m left handed... =o.... poo... almost literally....
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Female 562
i JUST got done reading this lol.
Like literally 2 seconds ago.
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Male 976
Offendo-f***festival, my new favorite word.
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Male 352
Does flipin` the bird mean anything anywhere else?
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Female 1,211
Wow, lol.
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Male 1,766
@boredered
What are you talking About?
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Male 1,766
Escecially you fancylad lol.
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Male 1,766
I give everyone a thumbs up
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Male 2,506
wow, very nice vocab, that was creative
funny guy tho :D
laughed a couple
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Female 1,605
Link: 7 Hand Gestures That`ll Get You Killed Overseas [Rate Link] - Who knew that the ``thumbs up`` and the ``OK`` hand gesture were so crude?
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