Clay Aiken – A Thumbs-Up

What do you do when something deserves a lot of approval?  Some people jump for joy and some might even turn a few cartwheels, but for most of us, we show a big “thumbs-up.

The origin of the sign is unclear, but one theory is that the thumbs up sign was used by the crowds to signal if a defeated gladiator should be spared, whereas the thumbs down would signal that he should be killed.

During World War II, the thumbs up gesture became popular among U.S. aircraft carriers. This was to inform the crew from the deck that it was ready for takeoff and the wheel blocks can be eliminated.  And, who can forget the Fonz.  Thumbs-ups was his signature gesture.

Although American people do not think of thumbs-up as a negative gesture, there are some portions of the world that consider the thumbs-up signal as being offensive, especially in many countries in the Middle East. In many Middle Eastern countries, thumbs up represents the self-explanatory meaning, “Up yours, pal!”

There are many other places throughout the world where this gesture is insulting. In locations such as West Africa, Iran, Greece, and South America (except for Brazil), it is a very obscene gesture.

Thank goodness those of us in the United States and Canada don’t have to worry.  Just like the movie critics, we know thumbs-up means everything is A-OK.

Do you remember seeing Clay Aiken use this signal??  Well, here are a few pictures to show he has a good time when he says “Thumbs Up!”


Yes……..I know……..I need some real Clay Aiken News!!


Clay Aiken pictures are always good!!

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8 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Thumbs-Up

  1. Clay is sooo cute. I can't believe am still not over his good looks even after almost 8yrs…. my goodness. I love this website. I have to visit it faihfully at least 3 times a day. I wouldn't want any Clay news to pass me.

    Love from Kenya

  2. I love this site, also! Even with no new Clay news it is still interesting and always provides great pictures and video. Keep up the good work!

  3. I’m lovin all these thumbs up pictures of Clay. The third one from the bottom with Angela..just slays me. Clay is a born comedian. I love coming to this site every day too. Wouldn’t want to miss any news about Clay.

  4. I never realized Clay Aiken gave the thumbs up so often. I guess I'm not very observant! LOL He is just adorable – and so funny and talented!!!

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