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Nov262013

88: Oh Behave!


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Chin up, elbows off the table, and stop picking your nose! We explore the world of manners and etiquette this week. Chris quizzes us on the torturous and delightfully wacky rules of table manners. Learn about the Do's and Don'ts of pub trivia, the violent origin of the handshake, and old-timey advice to present thy proper self. Who's got two thumbs and might piss off other cultures? - Colin's public service announcement about common hand gestures that might mean not-so-great things in certain countries.

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Reader Comments (5)

Loved the show guys! bit of Trivia for you. Giving someone the V goes back to medieval times. When a enemy caught a Archer they would cut off their two bow fingers. So in return when the Archers faced an enemy they would give them the V to show they still had there fingers.

Keep the good work up.

November 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig Gilson

Hi,
a brazillian here. The ok sign has no meaning in Brazil, unless someone learnt it from movies. The bad hand sign is made like the ok sign but upside down. You dont show the side of the palm of the hand, but the back, only the ring built with the thumb and pointing finger.

I really enjoy the shows. Thanks.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrazillian

@Craig - Thanks for the kind words! I've heard that explanation as well, but in doing my research I discovered that historians tend to think the "cut off fingers" stories are probably false. Captured soldiers were generally just executed (or ransomed, but only if high-value persons).

December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGJB Colin

Sorry to be so far behind, but I just listened to this episode at work today and was DYING laughing. Thanks for making the day fly by, and for the source on prescription monocles. Coolest sponsor ever.

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia B

Hey guys,

I know this is a little bit late to post about this episode but I wanted to comment on Colin's advice to keep your hand in your pockets at all times when travelling to avoid offensive gestures. This would seem disrespectful in Russia, especially if you are conversing with someone who is older than you or deserves your respect. I know this because I taught English in Moscow for a bit and learned A LOT about unintentionally offending people with your natural gestures.

Love the show! Keep it up!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

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