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The Hobo Code

Posted by Failed Success on 05/29/06 at 05:24 PM

HoboThe wonderful writers of Damninteresting.com continue quenching our thirst for knowledge as they unveil The Hobo Code

Daniel Lew writes: During times of economic hardship, people turn to the road to see if they can make their luck somewhere else. As such, back in the days of the Great Depression, the U.S. saw an increase in the hobo population.

The hobos came up with an ingenious sign language to communicate to each other along the way. This is not like the sign language that hearing-impaired people use to communicate; rather, it was markings and drawings that hobos would leave along the road for their fellow travelers.

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  1. i will be a hobo one day

    Posted by alexa  on  03/16/09  at  12:15 PM

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