37) Giving People a Thumbs Up
Do you know that giving a thumbs up is not accepted outside of the United States? Yes! It’s common in the U.S., and people don’t find it offensive. However, people outside of the United States can get offended when you use a hand gesture. In countries like Italy, Greece, Iraq, and Iran, giving a thumbs up could mean something else. In Afghanistan, for example, giving thumbs-up is equivalent to giving a middle finger which is a sign of cursing. When next you are on a plane to another country, be careful of where, how, and when you use this sign.