Are Hanky Codes Weird?

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    Feb 04, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handkerchief_code
    Who the hell memorizes this?
    Why can't it be a arm/wrist band, hat, etc.?
    Can str8 people use it for each other?
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    Feb 04, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    We used to them all the time before AIDS.
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    Feb 04, 2011 11:57 PM GMT
    There was a time when homosexuality (and at least homosex) was unlawful.
    It was a way of identifying yourself and what you're into for other gay men who would know the code.
    Hooking up, pre-Grindr or craigslist or whatever.

    Straight guys? If they want to fuck or get fucked by other guys and they knew the code, they could have used the hanky.
    Straight ladies? I don't think they would get many offers for sex from gay men, do you?
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    Feb 05, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    And there were more than just hankies...

    I remember a little bear meant you liked to cuddle

    And a plastic fork meant "take me to dinner and I'm yours"
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    Feb 05, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    heybreaux saidThere should be an Iphone App to make it easy


    *sigh*

    something like this?
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bandana-the-gaydar-app/id371145855?mt=8
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    Feb 05, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    I wish people would still do this today so I would know who the hell to stay away from. " GET OUTTA MY WAY! GUY WITH BROWN BANDANA TRYIN TO HOLLA AT ME!! "
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    Feb 05, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    Maybe that was my problem with scaring people away in college. I had a whole drawer of bandanas of every color, but had no idea that it was a code. It just meant "I have hellacious allergies and benadryl hasn't been invented yet." There was always one hanging out of my pocket and/or backpack. Usually wet.

    Actually I still have them. There's a green one in my pocket (left cargo) right now. Hmm...
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    Feb 05, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    So, back in the day...excusable (although still weeeeird.) Today? Definitely strange. Man, I still remember seeing a guy using bandana code in the theatre back in the nineties--I was 11 at the time and made the mistake of asking what the bandana tied around his left cowboy boot was all about. And let me tell you, whenever I saw him from that point on, it was like he was backlit with a neon sign screaming "FISTING". Yeah. Weird.