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Joseph S Nov 1st, 2000 09:43 AM

Scottish Customs
 
While in the Highlands of Scotland, I had an odd experience. <BR> <BR>I was bitten on the shoulder by a local while waiting for my ale. <BR> <BR>Needless to say, I was a bit flustered and didn't react at all. Later I asked someone about it and was told that it is a Scottish traditional form of greeting. Anyone else heard about this at all? <BR> <BR>If it is a custom, was I supposed to BITE back? <BR> <BR>

kimberly Nov 1st, 2000 10:17 AM

That's a new one...sounds like the person who told you that was using another custom...humor!

Sheila Nov 1st, 2000 10:19 AM

You're being wound up

Tony Hughes Nov 1st, 2000 10:22 AM

In Edinburgh some of us place our hands on our heads with index fingers pointing straight up to form a 'cow'. Then we make a 'mooing' noise to the stranger. <BR> <BR>Actually, Joseph, were you wearing a leather jacket? We like our beef tough.

rand Nov 1st, 2000 10:39 AM

Sounds like Tony has the dreaded mad cow disease.

elvira Nov 1st, 2000 10:43 AM

You weren't wearing a sheep's-stomach jacket, were you?

Shawn Ford Nov 1st, 2000 11:17 AM

Heard once about that in small villages. Didn't believe it at the time. Apparently its also done in some parts of Mexico.

John Nov 1st, 2000 12:13 PM

Was the chomper named Midge? <BR> <BR>Reminds me of a t-shirt we saw in Fiji, last of the cannibal islands: "Send more tourists - the last ones were delicious!"


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