Former CIA Chief Explains How Spies Use Disguises

Submitted by: LordJim 1 month ago in Science


Not just appearance, body language, voice, eating habits...
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Male 9,498
One other tell of an American when it comes to dining technique: Americans will sometimes turn their forks on edge and use them as a kind of knife. I've never seen a European do this. In fact, an older Irish gentleman I met years ago was still remembering this behavior, 40-odd years later, of the American GIs who were stationed in Ireland prior to the invasion of Normandy.
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Male 942
squrlz4ever 
1) I heard Chinese would use the spoon, and on Chinese food, it really works.

2) In Germany, our cake forks are designed with a strong edge to allow cutting cake.

3) (Bonus) Most people will put the fork into the meat where they want it to be in the end, then use a knife to cut some distance away from the fork. The meat or pizza will wobble, coating gets dislocated etc. pp.. If you put the fork right on the cutting line, cutting is much easier.
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Male 9,498
7eggert Interesting. I had never heard of the German cake forks before (image below). That  makes a lot of sense: You don't want to pass out knives to everyone eating cake, so it's more or less inevitable that some cutting is going to occur with the fork's edge.

This is why I love having non-American IABers. I love learning stuff like this. Thanks!

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Male 45,617
squrlz4ever    My british relatives do this. But they're all dead common so . . .
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Male 9,498
Gerry1of1 Oh! That's good to know. I stand corrected then.
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Male 45,617
squrlz4ever   One doesn't use a fork that way properly.  Just my chav cousins
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Male 9,498
Gerry1of1 I adopted the European way of holding silverware years ago and have never looked back. Once you get accustomed to it, it's so much better than constantly shuffling the knife and fork back and forth between your paws. The only time I'll hold a fork tines up is if I'm eating macaroni or rice (and if it's a Japanese or Chinese meal, I'll be using chopsticks).
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Male 2,352
squrlz4ever and to what degree is your pinky extended while manipulating the silverware? ;)
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Male 9,498
woodyville06 LOL! Yeah, that's another pet-peeve of mine. I imagine it's a habit of people who say, prissily, "off-TEN."
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Male 2,185
squrlz4ever "...if it's a Japanese or Chinese meal, I'll be using chopsticks"
I try to keep two species in mind simultaneously when thinking of you, and I'm usually successful, but the image of a squirrel eating with chopsticks will be with me for a while.

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Male 9,498
semichisam01 Ish not easy, particularly with non-opposable thumbs. I dated a couple Japanese squirrels back in the day, so I got a lot of practice.

Japanese squirrels: Like the American ones, just 20% cuter and with better manners.
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Male 18,342
I'm pretty good at blending in. Or standing out. 
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Male 683
Draculya This sounds like a monk comment.
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