Gene Simmons wants to trademark rock concert hand gesture

Gene Simmons Is Trying to Trademark the

Gene Simmons Is Trying to Trademark the "Rock On" Devil Horns

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons filed an application to patent the familiar hand gesture used by rock-loving dorks the world over.

According to the application, Simmons first used the symbol as early as November 14, 1974.

To be fair, Simmons is only trying to trademark the gesture for "entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist", so the deaf are probably safe from having to pay a usage fee but what happens when some rocker throws the devil horns and, by accident, has his thumb partially out.

KISS might be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and he might have received awards for his humanitarian work, but Gene Simmons is still anxious about his legacy.

Speaking of hell, the hand gesture appears quite similar to what's known as the "Sign of the horns", a devil signal that, according to an entertaining entry from Wikipedia, dates back to the 5th Century BC founder of Buddhism.

John Lennon from the Beatles can also be seen in the album cover for Yellow Submarine. Apparently, horn-hands have a far more sinister meaning in Spain, Greece and Italy, where The New York Post reports that the so-called "corna" signal has implied that a spouse is cheating for literally thousands of years.

You can find Simmons' application here.

Causing even more confusion, the gesture also means "I love you" in sign language and was most famously used by former President George W. Bush as the "Hook 'Em Horns" hand sign for the University of Texas - a habit which once reportedly confused one Norwegian audience who mistook it for a salute to Satan.

No matter what happens for Simmons, we guarantee nobody will ever be able to trademark a handshake.

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