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When the Marines are waking up you get this dialogue between Hudson and Apone:

Hudson: Man, this floor is freezing.

Apone: What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you?

Hudson: Gee, would you sir? I'd like that.

[Apone pulls down the skin under his left eye with middle finger]

Apone: Look into my eye.

What does the "Look into my eye" mean/suggest??

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There was an answer to this question, does anyone know who it was by, or why it was removed? –  AidanO Jan 4 '12 at 8:53
    
Probably deleted by the owner. Perhaps they changed their mind about the answer - I've done that, found I was mistaken and deleted the answer. –  iandotkelly Jan 4 '12 at 13:59
    
The answer was correct. –  Nobby Jan 4 '12 at 15:57
    
The answer seemed to make sense to me, was going to mark it as accepted if no one came up with some thing better, still need to re-watch the scene :) –  AidanO Jan 5 '12 at 8:21
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It's actually his right eye.

The common belief is that Apone is flipping Hudson the bird (showing his middle finger). A gesture which means "f--- you".

It isn't obvious because Apone is also holding his cigar between the middle and forefinger of the same hand. This somewhat obscures the gesture.

But it's probably safe to assume that this is a well understood gesture in the military (at least in the fictional Aliens world), and in fact the gesture itself most likely isn't even necessary as anyone would understand the implication of just the words "look into my eye".

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I'm probably going to mark this as correct, I'm just waiting to rewatch the movie at the weekend :) –  AidanO Jan 12 '12 at 8:21
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If you want to refresh your memory of just that scene, you can find in on youtube (naturally). :) –  Igby Largeman Jan 13 '12 at 15:56
    
Thanks Igby + 1 for the link and the cigar. Didn't get to watch it at weekend, but have the whole box-set on blue-ray now, just need to figure out what to do with the girlfriend for a few hours ;) –  AidanO Jan 16 '12 at 8:31
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If she doesn't like sci-fi/horror, just telling her you intend to watch them all might do the trick. :) –  Igby Largeman Jan 17 '12 at 0:18
    
Ah, the direct approach! –  AidanO Jan 17 '12 at 7:46
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Actually, it's short for, "Do you see a speck of 'give a shit' in my eye!" We use to say it all the time when I first went in the Air Force back in the early 80's. Basically, he didn't care if it was cold to them...

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That makes sense, any reference to back it up? –  AidanO Jan 28 '13 at 8:55
    
In Poland it's for some reason "Can you see a tank rolling under my eyelid?" and is an expression invalidating some previous statement, just like in the movie. Don't know if pulling down your lower eyelid has common roots, it's actually a very interesting question. –  pafau k. Feb 22 at 7:49
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