I love learning new stuff like this..... At our church we open with what we call sharing of the peace where we get up, mingle and welcome new faces. Those of us up around the altar tend to stay put as it would be odd to walk across the alter, so we flash the old fashioned peace sign at each other. So today we have a visiting guest musician from England and he is sitting next to me. All the folks flashed the old peace sign towards him and he acknowledged all with a smile. I could tell that something more was going on and asked him about it...... I was stunned to find out that the old 1960’s peace sign meant to a Brit what a middle finger flip off means to a Yank. We were effectively flipping the man off!! He took it all in good spirit thankfully. I quizzed him further about it after the service. I knew I had seen images of Churchill showing the peace sign. My guest acknowledged that was the case and was in fact a salute to his enemy, Hitler. It seems this goes back to medieval times. When enemy archers were captured, they would not be put to death. Their punishment was to have those two archery fingers severed so that they could no longer fight. And over the years the sign became a negative image to a Britt. Learning this was quite enlightening to me. Anyway, I just thought I might share it. If you visit England, do not offer a friendly peace sign!