Are You Doing The Lynndie Yet?

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Classic photo poses such as the "Victory Sign', the "Thumbs Up", even the "Double Thumbs Up" are facing new pressures brought on be Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.  More and more popular is the "Lynndie" pose.  Much like the traditional "Rabbit Ears", the pose is a clear sign of disrespect for (or at least mockery of) the recipient.  The now famous pose first immortalized by frighteningly mannish pfc. Lynndie England is spreading like wild fire threatening to overtake time honored classics such as the "Thumbs Up" for drunken party shots, particularly useful for recording the shame of friends who have finally passed out face down in your stairwell!

So what does "doing a Lynndie "involve? Here are the basic instructions:

  1. Find a victim who deserves to be "Lynndied".
  2. Make sure you have a friend nearby with a camera ready to capture the "Lynndie".
  3. Stick a cigarette (or pen) in your mouth and allow it to hang slightly below the horizontal.
  4. Face the camera, tilt your upper body slightly forward but lean back on your right leg.
  5. Make a hitchhiking gesture with your right hand and extend your right arm so that it's in roughly the same position as if you were holding a rifle.
  6. Keeping your left arm slightly bent, point in the direction of the victim and smile.

Ideally, you should refrain from telling the victim what you're about to do. Victims who are unaware, bemused or angry make for a Lynddie that is more in keeping with the original.

If you've "done a Lynndie" and would like it to appear in the gallery, send the picture to Nobody ( along with details of where it was taken.

Lynndie Gallery