The ad reads, "Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 322, Oakview, CA 93022. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before." - sometimes it is inexplicably accompanied by a funny-looking guy with an 80s haircut. The ravings of a crazy Titor wannabe? A meme-like push to sell time machine plans? Nope, it was a joke to pad out the classifieds in a small magazine. The PO Box is real, however, and he still gets offers to join him somewhere in the past. (via)
Cocking a snook, on one hand, isn't really as perverse as it sounds, but there's still a bit of impudence in the name. The term means to touch your thumb to your nose, stick your fingers upwards, and wiggle them about in the general direction of a person who has earned your contempt. The act once was illegal in New York, and is about as obscene a gesture in England as the middle finger is here. It also goes by Queen Anne's Fan or the "five-fingered salute" (which has more connotations than this one).