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It was sort of a soul-searching '60s hippies trip with a Mormon twist, the Volkswagen van or hitchhiker's thumb replaced by a 15-person passenger van and a 24-foot trailer.
In my general biology for majors class, I have developed a dry genetics lab where students gather data from five family members or friends regarding the presence of such phenotypic characteristics as widow's peak, hitchhiker's thumb, freckles, etc.
When pace bowler Shoaib's ball maintenance stuck out like a hitchhiker's thumb during the NatWest Series clash against England, Sky Sports cameras were trained on his handiwork like a searchlight.