The awkward turtle

I am officially old. I saw some college kids sitting around and one of them was doing this weird hand gesture. I was completely lost. I didn't think much of it until I found out about the awkward turtle.

For those of you who are also old, the awkward turtle is a hand gesture designed for the purposes of expressing the awkwardness of a situation. Example: your college professor is hitting on your friend. Awkward. And so you may display the awkwardness of the situation through the awkward turtle. It should be done inconspicuously, so that the instigator of awkwardness is not made aware. Were those college kids making the awkward turtle because I was staring at them? Doh.

The reason why I say that this means that I am old is that I distinctly remember being of the age when things like this abounded. It was stuff like "All your base are belong to us," dressing in flannel and torn jeans, and knowing that our parents had completely lost the ability to understand us. We communicated in some bizarre language that made no sense to the grown up world.

And it's entirely because of insomnia that I knew about Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Who knows what else I'm missing? I mean, I made a MySpace page just to say that I have a MySpace page, only to find out that MySpace is so last year, and that Facebook is the new MySpace. Wasn't MySpace the new Friendster? And wasn't Friendser the new Classmates.com?

6 comments:

Helen said...

I know the feeling. As I become more of a senior student and move towards researcher, I feel older and older whenever I come into contact with new students, even though we're not that far apart, in term of age.

Thanks for the awkward turtle! It has been adopted as a symbol here now!

Anonymous said...

I'm an 18 year old college freshman, and I assure you I'd never heard of this until reading about it here.

Anonymous said...

Technically, myspace has always just myspace to me. I'm 19 and always on the internet. Facebook was originally designed for college students as a more sophisticated myspace. It was until they then let just anyone on. So now, I still use both and also melodramatic.com- a bloggin site for all ages but it's predominantly ages 13- 25. For kicks, check out encyclopediadramatica.com - it lets you know what all sorts of different and new things are the internet mean. :)

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ09i9oViMM

Samir said...

Don't feel so bad. I learned about the turtle this weekend from my teenage cousins. I feel old too.

William said...

The awkward turtle is a retarded hand symbol used by hipsters intent on destroying virtually all of our social graces.

Or maybe Im just becoming an angry old man at the age of 21