The History Of Giving Someone The Middle Finger 

Eine Geste, die wir alle kennen. Und noch dazu eine sehr schöne, im Zwischenmenschlichen Verhältnis, wie ich meine. Weird History hat sich in dem gleichnamigen Youtube-Kanal die Mühe gemacht, der Geschichte des Finger-Zeichens einmal nachzugehen.

Let’s set the scene. You’re livid, you want to scream at someone. But for some reason, you can’t speak. What gesture do you give them? That’s right – the good ol’ middle finger comes immediately to mind, right? The middle finger has been known as a way to display anger for a very long time – going all the way back to ancient Greece. In fact, it’s “one of the most ancient insult gestures known,” according to anthropologist Desmond Morris.

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