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29th Jun '17 4:19:48 PM Teenlyokofan7777
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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Lilo's sister tries to prompt Lilo from behind the social worker's back. It all goes well until Lilo misinterprets an enthusiastic gesture as "I get... disciplined? Five times a day!"

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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Lilo's sister tries to prompt Lilo from behind the social worker's back. It all goes well until Lilo misinterprets an enthusiastic gesture gesture, a five-finger "stop" reaction, and a face palm as "I get... disciplined? Five times a day!"day, with bricks!"
16th Apr '17 6:23:35 PM kundoo
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* The meaning of gestures also differs from country to country and culture to culture, which can cause some problem, when you travel abroad.

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* The meaning of gestures also differs from country to country and culture to culture, which can cause some problem, problems, when you travel abroad.
28th Mar '17 10:17:15 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/LoneSurvivor'', the injured soldier Luttrel is given shelter by a village in Afghanistan. He needs to remove shrapnel from his leg, and since he cannot speak their language, he mimes for a knife. A boy hands him a duck instead. The boy's father understands and produces a knife, but thinks he wants him to slaughter the duck until Luttrel finally manages to get him to hand him the knife.
20th Mar '17 12:13:40 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* This leads to an OverlyLongGag in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode "Let's Play Cops and Robbers", where [[TheUnintelligible Quack Quack]] tries to communicate with [[TheDitz Stumpy]] using HandSignals.
14th Mar '17 11:21:07 AM LadyNorbert
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* One Thor/Avengers fanfiction features hostile aliens gatecrashing a party on Asgard which Jane Foster and the Avengers are attending; Black Widow and Hogun the Grim begin communicating by SignificantLooks, which Jane thinks is impressively badass. This silent conversation seems to be leading somewhere...until Hogun picks up a platter of chicken and points at it. Natasha blinks, then goes over to talk to Hogun with actual words, which Jane reflects might be less secret agent but also less likely to have significant portions of the conversation turn out to be "and then chicken."

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* One Thor/Avengers fanfiction features hostile aliens gatecrashing a party on Asgard which Jane Foster and the Avengers are attending; Black Widow and Hogun the Grim begin communicating by SignificantLooks, {{Meaningful Look}}s, which Jane thinks is impressively badass. This silent conversation seems to be leading somewhere... until Hogun picks up a platter of chicken and points at it. Natasha blinks, then goes over to talk to Hogun with actual words, which Jane reflects might be less secret agent but also less likely to have significant portions of the conversation turn out to be "and then chicken."



* At one point in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4045539/1/Crack-d-Mirror Crack'd Mirror]]'', Hermione tries to communicate with her eyes that she thinks Luna is an imposter. Unfortunately, the sex crazed alternate Harry thinks she's talking about having more sex and signals back he's always up for a threesome, which Hermione mistakes for him saying he's got a plan and to follow along.

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* At one point in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4045539/1/Crack-d-Mirror Crack'd Mirror]]'', Hermione tries to communicate with her eyes that she thinks Luna is an imposter. impostor. Unfortunately, the sex crazed sex-crazed alternate Harry thinks she's talking about having more sex and signals back he's always up for a threesome, which Hermione mistakes for him saying he's got a plan and to follow along.



* In ''Film/DownPeriscope'', Creator/KelseyGrammer's character LCDR Dodge is in command of an old diesel submarine pitted in a training exercise against the nuclear Navy. During one engagement, they hide on the bottom of the ocean, while a nuclear submarine is right above them. Trying to get the other sub to leave, he tries to get Sonar to play taped recordings of whale song against the hull. He tries, unsuccessfully, for about a minute with only gestures, which results in another crewmember making completely different gestures, completely confusing Sonar.

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* In ''Film/DownPeriscope'', Creator/KelseyGrammer's character LCDR Dodge is in command of an old diesel submarine pitted in a training exercise against the nuclear Navy. During one engagement, they hide on the bottom of the ocean, while a nuclear submarine is right above them. Trying to get the other sub to leave, he tries to get Sonar to play taped recordings of whale song against the hull. He tries, unsuccessfully, for about a minute with only gestures, which results in another crewmember crew member making completely different gestures, completely confusing Sonar.



* A medieval European folktale has a man everyone believes to be a scholar through bizarre circumstaces. He tries to keep up the pretense, but on learning that other scholars are coming to interrogate him, he fakes a bad cough and receives them in his bed. One scholar starts his dissertation by lifting one finger, the man shows him three. The scholar is amazed that the man pointed out that while yes, there is one God, he is the Holy Trinity as well. Whereas the man thought the scholar was going to poke his eye out, so he countered by threatening to remove both his eyes and his nose.

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* A medieval European folktale has a man everyone believes to be a scholar through bizarre circumstaces.circumstances. He tries to keep up the pretense, but on learning that other scholars are coming to interrogate him, he fakes a bad cough and receives them in his bed. One scholar starts his dissertation by lifting one finger, the man shows him three. The scholar is amazed that the man pointed out that while yes, there is one God, he is the Holy Trinity as well. Whereas the man thought the scholar was going to poke his eye out, so he countered by threatening to remove both his eyes and his nose.



* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Averted with Lily and Marshall, who have perfect "couple telepathy". Played straight with Ted and his fiance Stella, after Stella's sister informs them that her fiance ran off and she can't get a refund. Ted thinks their conversation is about paying for lunch. Stella thinks it's about taking the wedding. It's also ForeShadowing; Ted and Stella later break up.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Averted with Lily and Marshall, who have perfect "couple telepathy". Played straight with Ted and his fiance fiancée Stella, after Stella's sister informs them that her fiance fiancé ran off and she can't get a refund. Ted thinks their conversation is about paying for lunch. Stella thinks it's about taking the wedding. It's also ForeShadowing; {{Foreshadowing}}; Ted and Stella later break up.



** Another episode included Robin desperately trying to communicate to Lily that she should not open the gift Robin brought to the Bachelorette party in front of all her family. Lily SEEMS to have completely understood the telepathic message and leans over to whisper something to her mother, who then discreetly passes Robin a tampon. Lily then looks over with a very self-pleased "you're welcome".

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** Another episode included Robin desperately trying to communicate to Lily that she should not open the gift Robin brought to the Bachelorette party in front of all her family. Lily SEEMS ''seems'' to have completely understood the telepathic message and leans over to whisper something to her mother, mother... who then discreetly passes Robin a tampon. Lily then looks over with a very self-pleased "you're welcome".
7th Mar '17 1:42:04 PM TheSinful
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* At one point in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4045539/1/Crack-d-Mirror Crack'd Mirror]]'', Hermione tries to communicate with her eyes that she thinks Luna is an imposter. Unfortunately, the sex crazed alternate Harry thinks she's talking about having more sex and signals back he's always up for a threesome, which Hermione mistakes for him saying he's got a plan and to follow along.
4th Jan '17 9:31:34 AM Akaihiryuu
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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: In a case of both this and ShownTheirWork, this is why the ponies are afraid of Zecora when she first goes to Ponyville. She digs her hoof into the ground, which is something that zebras do in real life to search for water. Unfortunately for her, for horses, this is a threat gesture.

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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: In a case of both this and ShownTheirWork, this is why the ponies are afraid of Zecora when she first goes to Ponyville. She digs her hoof into the ground, which is something that zebras do in real life to search for water. Unfortunately for her, for horses, this is a threat gesture. When Twilight goes to meet her, the other ponies warn her that Zecora is "scary and threatening". She WAS, it was just due to a misunderstanding rather than malicious intent.
4th Jan '17 9:28:53 AM Akaihiryuu
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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: In a case of both this and ShownTheirWork, this is why the ponies are afraid of Zecora when she first goes to Ponyville. She digs her hoof into the ground, which is something that zebras do in real life to search for water. Unfortunately for her, for horses, this is a threat gesture.
1st Jan '17 11:52:53 PM cbaker
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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Lilo's sister tries to prompt Lilo from behind the social worker's back. It all goes well until Lilo misinterprets an enthusiastic gesture as "I get... disciplined? Five times a day!"
27th Dec '16 10:23:32 PM Ashybuttons
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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', the LiteralMinded Drax doesn't understand why he would want to press his finger against Thanos's throat. Peter tries to explain it's a symbol for slitting his throat, but Drax doesn't want to do that either. He wants to behead him.

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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', the LiteralMinded Drax doesn't understand why he would want to press his finger against Thanos's Ronan's throat. Peter tries to explain it's a symbol for slitting his throat, but Drax doesn't want to do that either. He wants to behead him.
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