Brevity by Dan Thompson

Brevity

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  1. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, almost 2 years ago

    Contrary to Hollywood mythos, a thumbs down in the Coliseum meant ‘spare him’… and a thumb to the side meant ‘kill him.’
    So … where did the thumbs up originate?

  2. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, almost 2 years ago

    Otm Shank is India’s answer to Brian Dennehy.

  3. Sillstaw

    Sillstaw GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Great, now I miss Roger Ebert’s voice again…

  4. Prof d'anglais

    Prof d'anglais said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    This may have originated with the China-based Flying Tigers, who were among the first American flyers involved in WWII. The appreciative Chinese would say ”挺好的“ (“ting hao de”), meaning “very good,” and gesture with a thumbs up, which in Chinese means “you’re number one.”
    Wikipedia

  5. JohnnyDiego

    JohnnyDiego said, almost 2 years ago

    What was the Brian Dennehy incident? I know he lied about serving in Viet Nam but really, I’m lost on this one.

  6. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    JohnnyD …. me too.

  7. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 2 years ago

    Bruno, I love things like that…Where did you get that from…?

  8. Dogsniff

    Dogsniff said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts: …where did the thumbs up originate?

    At the proctologist’s.

  9. jreckard

    jreckard said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts: …where did the thumbs up originate?
    Maybe someone with lisp tried to announce dawn.

  10. olddog1

    olddog1 said, almost 2 years ago

    To get back to the comic, does anyone understand it? Explain.

  11. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    apparently nobody knows except the cartoonist. Maybe if we google Brian Dennehy’s thumb?

  12. Perkycat

    Perkycat GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Dogsniff

    Only you, Dogsniff, only you! Typical Dogsniff comment – funny.

  13. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, almost 2 years ago

    @Varnes

    Don’t remember where I first heard it, really. The IMDb site for Spartacus mentions it under ‘Goofs’.
    It’s amazing how much of what we see in the movies is pure crap.

  14. GoodQuestion

    GoodQuestion GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    It possibly came from the Unicorns’ cheering squad when they played football against the Centaurs . . . . ☻

  15. GreenT267

    GreenT267 said, almost 2 years ago

    http://wordinfo.info/unit/3735/ip:1/il:K and http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/games/a/thumbsup.htm provide more than you really want to know about gladiators and thumbs.
    Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down was actually trademarked by Siskel and Ebert (became part of contract dispute between Disney and Ebert) —

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