Bon Voyage! Have a good trip! Whether you have a loved one leaving by sea or by air, the Bon Voyage Wave is how you send them a proper farewell.
“I need to make my meeting at 3. What time is it right now? Okay it’s 2, so I still have an hour to prepare. How much longer until this meeting is over? 50 minutes? Okay, I’m not going to look at the time, maybe it’ll go faster that way.”
“It’s been long enough since I’ve looked, this meeting should be close to finishing. 51 minutes left?!? What in the…”
Time. A concept that has baffled and intrigued humans for centuries. Today, most of Western society runs because of our ability to know time. Making appointments, attending classes, scheduling meetings, conducting business across states and nations, knowing when to eat, and figuring out when to meet with a friend are all a mere sampling of the different activities that depend upon our ability to measure time.
The “What Time is It?” Gesture
Evolving past methods such as tracking the sun, we eventually came up with a wearable wristwatch. The “What Time is It?” gesture meant holding up one’s arm and looking at that circle on your wrist. Of course, watches are far from extinct, so this is still a common gesture. Without a watch, we can mimic the action of looking at a watch to suggest that we’re in a rush, the person we’re talking to needs to hurry up, or we’re uncomfortable and want to leave.
After the advent of mobile phones, this gesture became reaching into one’s pockets and holding a phone in the palm of one’s hand. For many people, phones have replaced the watch as a main timekeeping object. But where will future technologies lead this gesture? We have smart watches like Pebble and a rumored iWatch to look out for, so maybe we’ll be looking at our wrists again and the “What Time is It?” will come full circle. Will the time always be displayed in the corner of futuristic glasses? How do you think we’ll be keeping track of time?
- Photo Credit: Harvard Gazette
When Antanas Mockus served as mayor of Bogotá (Colombia’s capital and largest city), he employed a Hand It-style solution to improve the behavior of drivers and pedestrians. He hired 20 professional mimes to use their gestures to mock rule-breaking pedestrians and ridicule reckless drivers. This program grew to ~400 mimes and successfully combined social pressure with Hand It gestures to improve traffic safety. The Harvard Gazette discussed this story among other innovative tactics used by Mockus during his tenure as mayor.
In 2011, Venezuela modeled a program based on the Bogotá experiment by having mimes serve as traffic cops. Hand It gestures such as “wagging the finger” were employed to give instant feedback to drivers and pedestrians.
(Featured within an earlier post, too interesting to go unnoticed)
Check us out on Twitter @letsHandit. We’ve finally settled on a name after some brief hiccups.
Follow us, we’ll follow you, and let’s Hand It together :)
Now do the Harlem SHAKE! This meme completely blew up this weekend. Cue trap music craziness. Cue gestures and flailing arms, hands, and bodies.
Cue the “all time” best Harlem Shake videos as brought to you by the r/harlemshake subreddit.
(Banana one is my personal favorite)