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Nice thoughtful gestures from afar....

A close relative recently had a double mastectomy and is awaiting breast reconstruction surgery. She is still in recovery phase, and is surrounded by her loving and supportive family. Because of work issues I'm unable to visit for a while. I've sent flowers, and made phone calls, but I would like to get something delivered to her either brighten her day or make this time easier or any more comfortable for her and her family. [more inside]
posted by newpotato on Apr 15, 2013 - 8 answers

What is this gesture named?

I Know what "snook"is. Could you tell me what this gesture is named? With one's thumbs in one's ears wiggling one's fingers (and one's tongue in the air ...will you sing..something like na-na-na-nah-naaar?) What does it mean?
posted by mizukko on Sep 15, 2011 - 21 answers

What does this hand (claw) gesture mean?

At 1:27 of this youtube video, what does the hand (claw) gesture mean? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Apr 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Sorry about your car - here are some cookies?

Any good 'sorry your car got broken into' gifts? [more inside]
posted by theRussian on Apr 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Prepetually remembered motions.

Help me identify a movie or tv show based on a half-remembered scene involving a bar patron ordering whiskey and water. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Oct 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Quirky/romantic way to surprise my girl?

When my girl returns from a 6 week trip, I want to do something cool and quirky and romantic for her as a surprise. Nothing necessarily big and tacky or public and embarrassing. Any ideas? She doesn't like "objects" too much -- she's more of a road trip, beach night, indie-mix-cd kind of girl. We write a lot, so I don't want to do anything like that. I made her a CD for the flight there, so not that either. It could be a gift, or an experience. We do not live together. It doesn't have to be something immediately when she comes back. I just wanted to do something sweet that was a little more out of the ordinary for us. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2010 - 20 answers

Why are you holding your hands so awkwardly?

In the HBO series Rome, people who are making formal speeches often make very stylized gestures with their hands. What do these gestures mean? [more inside]
posted by cider on Feb 8, 2010 - 11 answers

"Making a point" gesture - a cross cultural double entendre?

Who does the media often show many anti-Western Muslim leaders in a pose with the index finger pointed skyward? [more inside]
posted by xetere on Nov 30, 2009 - 17 answers

What is being solicited by this hand gesture in the streets of Baltimore?

What is being solicited by this hand gesture in the streets of Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by That takes balls. on Sep 28, 2009 - 20 answers

Help me remember this foreign game!

Does anyone know the game "kawanoo" or "Quano" (sp)? It is a complicated rock paper scissor type game that uses hand gestures along with words (african)? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Feb 27, 2009 - 1 answer

Finger-lickin' acknowledgment?

Help me find out more about this gesture, where a person licks their finger and either points to the ceiling or draws a line in the air. [more inside]
posted by asras on Jul 1, 2008 - 19 answers

What the heck do the Arabs say?

When men of Arab nations bow at the hip and roll their hand in front them (usually to dignitaries), what is it they say?
posted by PoopyDoop on Mar 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Where is my large automobile?

Reliving My Youth Filter: Watching ye olde Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime" video on YouTube, I note that I've never actually got the skinny on what the significance of the "hand chopping the forearm" gesture Byrne makes is. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Oct 16, 2007 - 18 answers

Valid suicide threat, or gesture?

I have a friend who is stockpiling Klonopin for his next suicide overdose/gesture. He currently has 180 2mg tablets of Klonopin. Is that enough to kill a 350 lb man? [more inside]
posted by RussHy on Aug 9, 2006 - 30 answers

What is the origin of the hitchhiker's thumb?

What is the origin of the hitchhiking gesture? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on May 24, 2006 - 11 answers

v-day wannabe sweetheart: go big? (or forget with illegal yummies?)

VDayfilter: Woman I like, have for a while. Close friends for years, and she knows how I feel. Have pretty much stayed away from the old 'nice guy' just hang out stuff for the last year, but we still get together for a drink once or twice a month. Other than the occasional fun here and there, we are both single. [more inside]
posted by SpookyFish on Feb 13, 2006 - 18 answers

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