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Because "saying hello to a Leaf owner isn't just an act of kindness, it's a sign of camaraderie," Nissan is asking, "How do you say hello?"

That's how a recent post on the official Facebook page for the Nissan Leaf is asking drivers to submit a photo of suggested hand signals so that Nissan can determine which Leaf gesture "waves supreme." Submissions must be in by Thursday, July 28. We can't imagine anyone sending in anything inappropriate here. Sheesh.

The Leaf's social networking site suggests three possible gestures: an open-palm wave, a two-fingered V-is-for-victory motion or the forming of a circle, which presumably ties in with Nissan's "The Value of Zero" ad campaign. We're rooting for "zero," but with some 4,400 Leafs on U.S. streets, it's unlikely the gesture will be used too often.

TV personality Stephen Colbert, however, has his own ideas. On the Wednesday, July 27 episode of The Colbert Report, the host openly mocks Nissan's campaign, saying that the eco-minded drivers who buy electric cars "love manufactured traditions created by the marketing wings of multi-national corporations." Colbert even goes on to suggest his own elaborate hand gesture, which you can watch in the video after the jump.

Got a wavy suggestion for Nissan? Submit it to Nissan's Leaf Facebook page by clicking here, and check out the full Colbert Report segment in the video after the break.

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      Gordon Chen
      • 3 Years Ago
      The gesture should be the shocker.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He'd have my vote if he ever went into politics!
      • 3 Years Ago
      What better wave between two electric cars than... the shocker
        • 3 Years Ago
        haha that is perfect
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's actually really clever. I think I'm gonna give the "shocker" hand-sign whenever I see a woman driving an electric vehicle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats an easy one, throw up an "L"
      • 3 Years Ago
      You shouldn't have to promote a wave for it to happen, it should just happen. Perfect example: Subaru WRX/STI. People wave at you, flash their lights, honk, yell, etc just because they feel like it...and it's awesome.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. I usually get the two fingered V from other STI's, so Nissan should stay away from that one. Leaf owners can have that O thing.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to suggest a thumb extending sideways from a fisted hand. This is a gesture Leaf drivers should already be quite used to making.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe they could signal the direction of the nearest charging station, or rental car place for when they run out of power in 5 miles. '*************, hippies', and may the supercharged V8 rule for another 1,000 years.
      Christopher Anderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW drivers use the V as a friendly wave too. Or a flash of your yellow fog lights, just to show how Euro you are.
      Ron Ayotte
      • 3 Years Ago
      That clip was freaking hilarious! If you want to see "leafs" on the road, come to New England in the fall... there's billions of them!
      Nathan Loiselle
      • 3 Years Ago
      "saying hello to a Leaf owner isn't just an act of kindness, it's a sign of camaraderie," Because no one would ever willingly say hello to a Leaf owner. They're just that vile. :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      He is still on the air?
        • 3 Years Ago
        and more popular than ever, because he's damn clever, astute and funny as hell.
      • 3 Years Ago
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