The World’s Rudest Hand Gestures

‘A taxi cuts you off in Rome. A Mumbai merchant spurns your best offer. A maitre d’ snubs you in Beirut. At times like these, words can fail even the most seasoned polyglot. But now salvation is literally at hand, thanks to Rude Hand Gestures of the World, by Romana Lefevre, with photographs by Daniel Castro. If I’d had a copy of this in my days as a boy diplomat, my Foreign Service career would have come to an even more abrupt halt! Herewith a sampling, courtesy of the ever-brilliant Chronicle Books, of how to throw down with the locals, wherever you are:…’ (via The Atlantic).

Just Passing Through


The CERN results are prompting a renewed interest in neutrino jokes on the net. (Google Search). Here are some:

— A neutrino walks into a bar and the bartender says, “You’re early.”

— A neutrino walks into a bar and the bartender says, “For you, no charge.”

— A neutrino walks into a bar and the bartender says, “We don’t serve your kind here.” The neutrino replies, “I’m just passing through.”

But the best, to my way of thinking:

— “We don’t allow faster than light neutrinos in here” said the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar.


And here are some related jokes about other subatomic particles etc.


Troy Davis, the death penalty and the toll executions take



‘About once a year or so, a case comes along that jars us from our complacency, reminds us that, as a society, we put people to death. Without making judgments about the efficacy of the death penalty as a deterrent against crime, or about its moral legitimacy as a form of justice, its worth noting that putting someone to death is a weighty thing, and it inevitably takes a profound toll on those involved.’ (via PBS).