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Photos: What everyone’s really saying at Davos, in body language

Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

Geopolitics reporter

It’s that time of the year again. The global elite of economy and finance have descended on the charming town of Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum. Yesterday alone, speakers included Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif.

Each day’s schedule is a whirlwind of high-level talks—which can make it hard to follow from the outside. But luckily, it is possible to get a sense of things by looking at the body language in photos coming out of Switzerland.

In a few captions, here’s one interpretation of what these guys (and gals, at least a few!) are really talking about, based on hand gestures alone. You’re welcome.

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Satya Nadella: “So I hear there are complaints about the ”gender gap” here?”

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Javad Zarif: “I mean, have you seen the line for the bathroom?”

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Hamdi Ulukaya: “Seriously it’s like all the men in Switzerland are trying to use the bathroom downstairs.”

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Anand Mahindra: “Do one thing, build another loo for next year!”

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Klaus Schwab: “Guys stop talking about this stuff, people are watching!”

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Klaus Schwab: “Though I can see the line from here.”

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Sheryl Sandberg: “Oh no, really, you don’t need to put up a pink background for me!”

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Justin Trudeau: “Are you sure? We can do that for you. We want you to feel at home.”

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Mary Callahan Erdoes: “What’s this background?! I refuse to be the token female panelist… OK, FINE.”

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Joachim Gauck: “Oh give us a break—I’ve seen the women’s line, it’s really short.”

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Joe Biden: “Let’s change topics. Did I tell you about that time I found a raccoon spying on me through the window?”