This car sticker is a thumbs up symbol. So it shows a hand that gives a thumbs up. And this is usually understood as a sign that everything is ok. So this sticker is attached to back of your vehicle. And then it is used in the same way as all the other car stickers on this website. And this one shows a hand. so you can well imagine what the effect of it will be. As it will move as soon as you press the button. So with this car sticker your can actually give a notion of your appreciation. And of course you should do so. Because a bit more appreciation in this world is good. So this is a car stickers website. And this specific design is a hand gesture. And you will find several such designs on these pages. And the finger sign given by this design is a friendly one. And your car will give positive vibes to the traffic. And whoever is driving on the road behind you can be given this signal. Especially when another car driver lets you in into the trafffic. This is a perfect situation for putting this car sticker to use. And you might also want to use it for waving a cool goodbye. As maybe you drive away from people that you visited. And if yo like it a bit more on the crazy side then browse this website. As some of the shapes of the Car Finger are definitely more cunning. And so if you want to make this present to a more radical person the you should look around in the online shop. As it is possible that you find a better fit. But pleas keep the personality of the driver in mind as you purchase this item. As you do not want it to be something that stays in the trunk. And you definitely want it being put to good use. And that means it has to be attached to a car. So if you do not intend to use this product yourself. Buy one that suits the personality of the person you gift this to. So that it is fun.
Well, we see the Thumbs Up Sticker and just see the familiar gesture. But where does this signal come from. What are the historic origins of the hand position before it became a sticker. And when we look at the historical evidence, we find, that we do not know how the Thumbs Up gesture came about. And what we mostly hear is the story of the gesture being used at gladiator shows in ancient Rome. Because we know that the Audience gave a thumb signal to signify if the losing gladiator should be killed or spared. But not only is the problem that even if they had used the gesture that we use today in stickers, we would not yet know where the gesture actually derived in order to be used at that point. But in this case modern science became more and more convinced, that they did not even use the gesture from the sticker in ancient arenas, such as the coliseum. And specifically one professor tells us that the Romans were not using the signal as it is used today. And this scientist is Anthony Corbeill, who believes that much rather the visitors of the gladiator games showed their thumbs, when they wished the gladiator to be killed. While if they wanted to spare the opponent, then they encircled the thumb with the fist, as if the thumb signifies the blade of a knife, which is presented or hidden. And this could make sense if you know that some people do a killing gesture at their own neck using the thumb, seemingly signifying a knife or blade. And since the scientific findings in this regard point us away from what we believed, we have no idea as to where the gesture came from. So we have to look for other findings, which give the raised thumb the meaning of “alright”. Which sure can not be found in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, where the Montague servants “bite their thumbs” as a signal of disrespect towards the Capulet servants. As in this case, we can clearly see that their use of the finger has a completely other meaning, then the ones we are looking for. So there are some researchers who come up with an idea of where in history the Thumbs Up could have been used for everything is in order, pointing to English archers. Because specifically for the English long bow, the distance of the bow and the shearing was supposed to be about 7 inches. And because this distance is roughly the length of a hand showing the thumbs up gesture, the theory is that before battle the archers measured if their weapon was set up the right way and then showed the measuring hand saying “everything is alright”.
And then we have yet another theory about how the movement came to signify what it does today, coming from Desmond Morris. As he was able to trace the practice back into the Middle Ages where it was used by merchants signifying that a deal was ok. And so Morris says, that from there the signal was used in a wider context as a general signal for “everything is alright”.
Which sounds in a way plausible, but does not give any explanation of a visual resemblance of anything that would explain the transferring of the meaning. And also there is no connection to any possible use of the hand in a way that it should be formed in the given way.
But it seems that this is as far as we get today when looking at the phenomenon, which gives us reason to suspect, that the gesture is indeed much older, predating then examples we had so far.
While we can trace the first time the Thumbs Up was mentioned in its contemporary meaning in a book. Which seemingly happened in a book by Arthur Guy Empey from 1917. And also we have the first known use of the hand sign in a movie, which is the silent movie from 1927 called The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, where in minute 19 a person shows the sign in order to say, that the money is not fake. Which is actually the meaning of that the object is “good”.
But our sticker is not the only use of this signal in modern times, as also for example the Indian Brand “Thums Up Cola” uses it. Which also has the gesture on the bottles of their drink. While also in India, the position of the hand can be found on rupee coins.
While nowadays the gesture finds wide use on the internet, where it is used for signaling that a media or comment is appreciated. And this feature became known as a “Like”.
While even though the gesture is used in diving it has a completely other meaning in this context. Because there, it is used for saying that the diver or group of divers plans to go up. And therefor often new divers use the signal wrong because they intend to say that everything is alright. While actually for signifying that the French gourmet gesture is used, which can be used for saying that food is tasty.
Also, the same form of the hand with a completely different meaning can be seen in hitchhiking, where it means that a person wants to ride along with a car.
And yet another meaning the hand position has, when done by a referee in a sports game in connection to jerking the thumb over the shoulder. Because used in this way and context the gesture means, that a player has to leave the field.