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What are the top 3 stopgap gestures for selfies, group photos, and other spontaneous snaps? Clearly: victory sign, thumbs up, and flick a heart. Wait a minute, flick a heart? Every kid in China has long known this finger gymnastics. 比心 bǐxīn – literally “gesturing/imitating a heart” – is the name given to this pose, which has recently taken the photo-soaked smartphone age in the Middle Kingdom by storm. Here’s how it works: Place the tips of your thumb and index finger on top of each other, then slide your thumb out at an angle (like flicking) to create a little heart shape. Hold the position, take the photo, done!

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