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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

High-fives, thumbs up and OK; we use a lot of hand gestures, but you may not know that there is an entire science devoted to studying these movements. In fact, the first modern book appeared more than 350 years ago. John Bulwer's Chirologia: Or the Natural Language of the Hand (1644) was a pioneering work on hand movements.

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Today's Random Fact:

The "thumbs-up" sign means "good" to Westerners, "one" to Italians, "five" to Japanese, and "up yours" in Greece. In Iran, it represents a penis.

The "hang loose" sign (thumb and little finger extended) means, "stay cool, relax" in Hawaii, "six" in Japan, and "would you like a drink?" in Mexico.

Bonus Fact:

Nodding the head means "yes" in most societies, but means "no" in some parts of Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

An ear grasp means "I'm sorry" in parts of India. Cupping the ear means "I can't hear you" in all societies. Pulling the ear means "you are in my heart" for Navajo Indians.

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