Gene Simmons Tries to Patent the 'Metal Horns' Symbol
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Gene Simmons is awaiting the approval of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, to officially trademark the “sign of the horns” hand gesture. Simmons filed for the patent last Friday and claimed that the hand gesture “was first used in November 14th, 1974, during the Kiss 'Hotter Than Hell' tour."

However, Ronnie James Dio was known for popularizing the sign of the horns as well. He claimed his Italian grandmother used it to ward off the evil eye.

"Geezer" Butler of Black Sabbath can be seen "raising the horns" in a photograph taken in 1971

In 1966, the Beatles released the single "Yellow Submarine.” The cover features John Lennon making a hand sign similar to the metal horns, BUT His thumb is out.

Dio was asked about this once – about how he was being credited with starting the devil horns. His response was that he can’t take credit. He compared it to saying he invented the wheel, that someone else had done it at some other point, but that it became his trademark.

But Simmons says the gesture he is looking to patent is one where “the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular.” Which happens to be the American Sign Language symbol for “I Love You.” WTF. (Read more about it here)

Even before that all of the above, actor Marlon Brando made the sign while singing in a scene in the 1955 film "Guys and Dolls." (start watching around 2:20)

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