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Old 12-05-17, 02:03 AM   #91
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Re: one move gesture game

Ok, this goes back to ancient times. Like, Normandy was sill part of England old.

The right index and middle fingers are extended straight up in the air, the other fingers curled in, palm facing in.

Depending on who this gesture is aimed at, it could have been considered an insulting gesture of defiance, or a victorious greeting to a compatriot.
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very cool, i like history
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Re: one move gesture game

It seems a religious gesture, possibly a pope with the elicitation of a papal blessing, but I'll need more clues to help zero in.
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Re: one move gesture game

Well, i've given it a few days, and it's pretty old and obscure. I don't think more hints will help, so i'll just explain and then anybody can go next.

Back in the days after William The Conqueror, when France and England were two separate countries again but parts of what are more recently considered France were then considered thoroughly English, the French and English fought a virtually endless series of wars. The French defenses were impregnable, but the English armies were unbeatable on the fields of battle.

The reason the English were unbeatable was due to a piece of military hardware that remained unrivaled, at least in terms of weapons that could be handled by one individual, until the days of true rifles. Even musketeers feared the English longbowmen. The English longbow was a very special weapon, and boys (and a few girls) started training by age 8 at the latest, often as early as 5. Longbowmen developed two very distinctive physical aberrations as a result of their relentless dedication to their craft: they developed a shoulder and back muscle combination so thick and strong that it could almost be mistaken for a hunch; and the index and middle fingers of their right hands became insanely calloused from drawing against such unbelievable pressures.

Captured English archers were feared and hated throughout France and were often tortured to death rather gruesomely. However, it was sometimes necessary to ransom some of them, and it was customary for the French to remove those two fingers, so that they could never again be used to kill Frenchmen.

So when an Englishman displays those two fingers together toward an ally, it's a gesture of victorious greeting; when he displays them to a Frenchman, it's a display of contemptuous defiance.

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Re: one move gesture game

Nice bit of history of the obscure, Mr Mo. Interesting.

I have no idea for next so someone take it. I'll come back if I get one, but I had to comment on Mo's info.
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