How to Send a Clear Message

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Reader Comments (26)

The last panel was awesome. Call me puerile, but I did laugh out loud.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel

I'm sorry- did your comic say something?

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

That last panel is not only brilliant, it should also be essential viewing for the entire internet population.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick


Every panel is gold.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLdaQuirm

Wait, why does it take 2 hands to give the ring finger?

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreenbandit

The middle finger is the best finger.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

I don't need a 2nd finger to give the ring finger on one hand.

However, for the other hand I do.

I may have an issue...

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK7


September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I can raise my ring finger single-handed! I don't know if that makes me special, or skilled, or strange.

Love Scott's look on Panel 4.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Unfortunately, simply ignoring them has done little for me IRL. Ah well.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLocnil

I actually can give the ring finger one handed. What does that say about me?

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

What I'm wondering is how Scott's going to re-use the "See! It take two hands!" Reusable Comic Component. I expect it'll make me laugh out loud again when he does...

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFester Addams

>I don't need a 2nd finger to give the ring finger on one hand.
>However, for the other hand I do.

Weird, K7, I noticed the same thing. I'm left handed and can do it single-handedly on that hand, but not my right hand.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterboB

90% recycled art, but 10% NEW Ring Finger art!

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was still in high school, we would hold the middle finger down with our thumbs and present the remaining three fingers to indicate "You aren't worth a f***". Mostly we just got confused looks in response...

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJimBo

The message I'm getting is that Scott is physically incapable of independently raising his ring finger.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

If they're just crossing against the light, give 'em the bird.
If they're walking up the middle of the driving lane, in the direction of traffic, dressed the same color as the road, in twilight, I say it's time to go bowling!
I've seen (and missed by a hair) two people doing this - on two different occasions...And our sidewalks are good - they even ground down the raised edges you could trip on.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

That's brilliant! I'm going to start giving people the two handed ring finger gesture from now on!

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercfg

I'm not posting a comment.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I can give the ring finger one handed, with either hand. I must be a freak.

Here's something, though - lay your hand down on the table, palm down, fingers spread out a bit. Then curl your middle finger in under your palm (as far as you can), leaving your other three fingertips (and your wrist) on the table.

You should be able to lift up (individually) your thumb, your index finger, and your little finger, but you will not be able to lift up your ring finger without also lifting up your little finger.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

Sorry Sean F, but I can raise my ring fingers off the table fine. Not without a modicum of pain, but lifted all the same. Hooray for meaningless achievement. ;)

September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimpler Simon

Yet another ring-finger report ... I can do it with my dominant hand, but not my non-dominant hand. Then again, I use the ring finger of my dominant hand to apply makeup, spread paint, and smudge pencil marks (I was taught to do this because the ring finger supposedly applies less pressure than any other finger), so perhaps it's a matter of practice.

September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I can't lift my ring finger independently either.

And I was so used to being able to roll my tongue and do the 'live long and prosper thing' (which is apparently very hard for some people).

September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I was going to post a very interesting comment, but the fear of getting a panel 4 look by Scot just took over...

Oh crap, I bet he just did it!

September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGPA

Obviously, we're starting to overcomplicate matters here. As Chesty Puller stated at the Chosin Reservoir: "We're surrounded - that simplifies everything."

September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

I used to be married, and would flip my ring finger to show people that "I don't care about your $#!+ because I have $#!+ to deal with at home."

After my divorce, I purchased a five string bass and learned what else I can use my ring fingers for: I can actually write with my thumb and ring finger after all the skin on all of my other fingers is completely gone.

September 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded
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