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"I am thinking of a gesture", said Grandpa

"It becomes powerful when you turn it upside down

But gets weaker when you turn it sideways!

Then again, gets stronger when you turn it sideways to the other side"

Then he smiled and said, "You will find a lot of it in Italy"

What is he thinking?

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Maybe the Grandpa is talking about:

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As mentioned by @Tom, this may be the "spaghetti" gesture (as shown here: https://i.stack.imgur.com/Q36oC.jpg)


Alternatively: (thanks to @DEEM)
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which is the Italian "Can I have a cigarette, please?" gesture

It becomes powerful when you turn it upside down

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An offensive (powerful) gesture used mostly in UK.


Alternatively: (thanks to @DEEM)
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Which looks like "^" which means "To the POWER of" making it "more powerful".

But gets weaker when you turn it sideways!

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Because it is the "less than" symbol. Less = weaker

Then again, gets stronger when you turn it sideways to the other side

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By analogy - "greater than"

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  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps 'upside down' here could be taken to mean 'back to front' like a peace sign or Churchill's V for Victory? Both pretty iconic political gestures... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jul 31 at 7:52
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    $\begingroup$ On the other hand it may be the rot13(svefg bs gurfr yvxr vairegrq-I. Gura hcfvqr qbja vf gur I-sbe-ivpgbel fvta.) Top left $\endgroup$ – Tom Jul 31 at 8:10
  • $\begingroup$ I believe that's it @Tom. Thanks for finding the meaning of the gesture #1 $\endgroup$ – oleslaw Jul 31 at 8:34
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    $\begingroup$ @oleslaw Think about inverted V which is ^. A sign that means "To the POWER of" Makes it powerful? $\endgroup$ – DEEM Jul 31 at 9:44
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM This actually matches the general topic of this answer too. $\endgroup$ – oleslaw Jul 31 at 9:47

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