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If you've ever had your penis cut off and/or been executed while on holiday, you'll probably know that it's easy to offend people from other cultures.

Unless you learn the ways of the place you're visiting, even the most well-meaning tourist can regularly find his oesophagus stuffed with burning goat.

But surely just plain common sense and good manners will save you, right?



Extend Your Hand, Palm Outward in Greece

What you think you are saying: "Phew! That was a heck of a moussaka. I'd eat another portion, but I'm completely stuffed."

What you are actually saying: "Phew! That was a heck of a moussaka. I'd eat another portion, but I'm too busy rubbing handfuls of shit in your face."

What the hell? In Greece, the "hand out" gesture is known as the moutza, and it dates back to the time of the Byzantine Empire, when criminals would be paraded through the streets on horseback, their faces blackened to indicate their shame. If they were lucky, the blackening agent would merely be charcoal. If they were unlucky, it would be a substance much, much worse ...

SHIT, is what we're saying here. Their faces would be covered in SHIT.

If you really want to piss a Greek person off, you can go for the double moutza, which features both hands splayed above your head. However, this will also make you look like a backup dancer from Cats, so it's your call.





Give the Thumbs-Up In The Middle East

What you think you are saying: "Ayyyyy! I'm the fuckin' Fonz!"

What you are actually saying: "Ayyyyy! I'm going to jam my thumb in your anus!"

What the hell? It's not just the Middle East. This seemingly universal gesture is also hideously offensive in West Africa and South America, whose citizens would doubtless get really confused if they ever watched Ebert and Roeper. "This movie is great, Bill! So great that I'd like to anally rape it with my thumb!"

The thumbs-up sign has been confusing people for thousands of years.

Contrary to Hollywood legend, Roman gladiators were not spared by a thumbs-up, but by a hidden thumb.

If the origins of both gestures are linked, we can only assume this meant, "Do not kill the prisoner, he seems the perfect solution to the emperor's arthritic finger."


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Date: 27 May 2009 | Author: mesmerX | Category: News, Pictures | Views: 5728

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Comments: 5

elias mol
hey ajo, i not angry, just fixing some mistakes smile

Laura Bergerol
Careful looking directly into men's eyes (that you don't know) if you are a single woman in Paris. You are inviting them to you...and trust me, if you are attractive, they will come. When I first lived there, I couldn't figure out why men were following me...a French friend explained it to me, thank goodness.

bob, eli, lighten up fellas,
times a lot more fun when your havin flys.

There is no such thing written in Qur'an about satan being left handedwassat....please do not post wrong information about our religion's holy book.

elias mol
1. I´m from Brazil.

2."the Brazilian Prime minister"

FALSE. Brazil doesn´t have Prime minister. Never had, actually.

3. "If you're visiting Brazil, you should also never touch any food with your fingers.
Even stuff like pizzas and burgers should be eaten with a knife and fork."

FALSE. We eat pizzas with forks, but burgers and hot-dogs with the hand.

4. "This seemingly universal gesture is also hideously offensive in West Africa and South America"
PARTIALLY FALSE. In Brazil, thumbs-up is a "ok" signal.

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