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Or, you know, whatever this gesture means to you.











Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 27, 2019, 11:45 pm

Nicely done drawing, Stoaty!

What it means depends on where and when you are. On the trivial side, it can indicate you follow the Texas Longhorns team. On the not so trivial side, it can indicate you are a follower of Satan and are evil. Historically, it used to be a gesture to ward off evil, quite the opposite. Today in Italy and other Mediterranean countries, it is a rude gesture that means, “Your wife is unfaithful; you’re a cuckold!”

Side note: In Argentina, one gentleman looking at another while pointing to his necktie means, “This necktie was a gift from your wife,” and implies “I’m screwing your wife.”

Comment from OldFert
Time: October 28, 2019, 5:42 am

Hook ’em.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: October 28, 2019, 11:19 am


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 28, 2019, 12:40 pm

Malocchio! Malocchio!

Ah, sweet youth.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 28, 2019, 2:05 pm

Reminds me of my grandfather who somehow lost most of two of his middle fingers shoveling coal for steam engines on The Pennsylvania Railroad. No, sadly or fortunately, I don’t know the details.

He taught me how to shovel using “The Fireman’s Flick” where you keep your back bent (not straightening up between tosses), load the shovel (a specialized flat -backed coal scoop) fairly lightly, and use your forearm muscles to make a short low toss of the load. You can move a lot of volume quickly without tiring; very useful for a Pennsylvania lad shoveling the copious amounts of “Lake-Effect” snow we used to get at the house in the days when I’d been voted “snow-shoveler-in-chief” .

This would have been somewhere around 1919 or so. I was just a little kid, so I don’t know all the stories; but I know he had a Harley in 1919 and I still have his “boot knife”- a quick-flick-open knife made of Sheffield steel.

For what it’s worth my dad was an electrical engineer, and my mom an RN, so maybe it really does skip a generation….

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: October 30, 2019, 10:51 pm

As noted above…

It can indicate support of the University of Texas Longhorns (“Hook ’em ‘Horns!”).

It can also be intended to ward off evil, as “the Horns of Asmodeus”. (Robert Heinlein so described it in [i]Magic, Incorporated[/i], but I can’t find any support.)

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