Our hands make all sorts of shapes, but what can be a friendly gesture of peace to you can be a heinous insult to another.

If you don’t want to get caught in a sticky situation in a foreign land, check out Alltime 10s field guide to gestures. Peace.

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  1. I live in Azerbaijan.Azerbaijan is a Middle East and another turkish country.I can do these signs and nothing happens.Exept middle finger.That sign means “Fuck you” in Azerbaijan.This sign is so offensive in other turkic governments too.

  2. As a VNese this is the first time I’ve ever heard of our people considering finger crossing to be extremely insulting.
    Also try to do mid finger in VN and you might get killed just like in the US or wherever.

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