Re: how many bastards are there, anyway?

Don Erickson (
Sun, 08 Sep 1996 15:45:49 GMT

On Fri, 06 Sep 1996 22:09:44 -0600, Truly Donovan <>

>Kim Moser wrote:
>> N.R. Mitchum wrote:
>> >
>> > When posing with friends for a photo, have you ever stuck two finger
>> > up behind the head of the person beside you? I wonder if this might
>> > not go all the way back, somehow, to this phrase.
>> I doubt it, since photography wasn't invented until the mid-19th century
>> and the practice of holding up two fingers, rabbit-ears-style, behind
>> the head of the person next to you probably didn't come into practice
>> until well after that (e.g. the beginning of the 20th century).
>Do you really believe the gesture necessarily came after the invention
>of photography? Or that the gesture only has meaning if someone takes a
>snapshot of it?

This gesture has been around since the renaissance, and is responsible
for ruining the work of countless frustrated portrait artists.

-Don 'that's what Mona Lisa is smiling about' Erickson

.SIG has been working out, and wonders if anyone will notice