1. The gesture has a long history of alternate meanings outside of the University of Texas’ use. In some parts of the world, the sign means cattle, which might be confusing if you didn’t realize the Longhorns are the school’s mascot. It also gained prominence after late rock singer Ronnie James Dio used it heavily in concerts as a way to gesture “rock on.” Most notably though, it’s seen as a sign of evil or even the devil. So seeing two pastors famous worldwide throw up the horns (as in Longhorns!) set more than a few people off on Twitter.
  2. While a nice suggestion, a thumbs up probably wouldn't fly around campus, since it's the sign of rival Texas A&M University.
  3. A few users tried to help clarify that the hand sign was the official one used by the university to represent the longhorn mascot.
  4. In the end, the tweets congratulating the pastors and their son far outnumbered those criticizing the hand gesture.
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