Any Norwegians Here?

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  1. G4scott macrumors 68020

    G4scott

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    So apparently, my University's hand sign represents a salute Satan in Norway. It also appears that they are offended when President Bush did it during the inaugural parade.

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/bush_satanic_sign

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    I just want to know first hand, did you guys really think that's what the Bush family meant when doing the hand gestures? I'm surprised by the cultural ignorance of the Norwegian newspaper. Usually it's our newspapers that "don't get it."

    Of course, if that's a salute to satan, then does that make this hell?
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    I mean, I'm just shocked at the reaction...
     
  2. takao macrumors 68040

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    LOL ......

    when clicking on the link i thought it was an norwegian looking for others...
    boy did that picture take me by surprise ...(note to self: don't drink when click through macrumors)

    seriously i'm not surprised.. even here it is associated with those long hair heavy metal bands with all their pentagrams etc. (like in the article "...a gesture popular among heavy metal groups and their fans in the region.")

    that picture is going to be a true classic ;)
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    That's the hand gesture for the number "7" for people from Hong Kong.

    I also believe that's the hand gesture for "hang loose" in Hawaii. :cool:

    I can understand the confusion, but with cultural differences, common sense usually guides you through, no offence to the Norwegians.
     
  4. PickledSquirrel macrumors regular

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    Well, a room full of uniformed people wearing cowboy hats... Yeah, I guess that's pretty close to my idea of hell:D

    -Squirrel
     
  5. G4scott thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's not a room :D

    That's 360 people just in uniforms... Behind them is a sea of thousands of people with their "Hook 'Em" signs up. All around, about 75,000 with their horns up. You might notice the big orange foam fingers in the background...
     
  6. V.A.Toss macrumors regular

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    Nice pic


    Looks like there was a mexican theme to the Bar mitzvah.
     
  7. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    An endless sea of uniformed Texas band geeks playing cowboy...

    yup, it's Hell.
     
  8. G4scott thread starter macrumors 68020

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    We like to call that diversity :cool:
     
  9. yoak macrumors 65816

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    I´m a Norwegian, and no, I didn´t think Bush intended a satanic salut (specially knowing his core values). And no offence taken.
    It´s a very populistic paper and I think (and hope) they ran the pice to sell more papers. (I didn´t read the piece).

    I read another piece where a national team ski jumper got told off by his coach for being photographed doing the same salute at a party.

    The meaning of the salut has cahanged over the years here as well.
    A lot of the younger generation now use it to say somethings cool/great, more like hang loose.

    (Although the satanists still use it as well)
    :p
     
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