Bring in fortune by warding off evil: Here is a little well known tip for all those new to Italian culture. Italians love to use hand gestures to help express themselves. These gestures can merely be a way of emphasizing their point, or saying that what every they are eating is delicious. It takes quite a few years to learn all the different hand gestures and their related meanings. One that you see often, however, is the sign of the corna. The corna hand gesture is the same that an American uses for rock and roll (i.e. index, pinkie, and thumb out). This sign is made primarily for two reasons. The main reason is to ward of the evil eye. The evil eye can be anyone who looks at you in an angry or jealous way. Making the sign of the corna immediately after wards off whatever ill wishes that person is sending your way.
The other reason for making the corna is when you receive a complement. Small complements might not need the corna, but ones directed at your physical attractiveness, the beauty of your child, or the financial fortunes of your family definitely deserve the corna. It is meant to ward off any attention from others that might bring bad fortune/luck to you or your family.
So the next time you see someone rocking out, just think, they are enjoying some good rock music while warding off bad juju. How fortunate!