The real story behind Mister Rogers' joyful flipping of the bird

No single GIF better represents my days than Mr. Roger's throwing the double bird with a giant smile on his face. I never once bothered to doubt its legitimacy, but a friend asked me if it was real. Of course it is.

Here is the story:

For many years, rumors have gone around that Fred McFeely Rogers (Mr. Rogers) flipped kids off on his tv show.
The truth is, he did…inadvertently.

He was singing "Where is Thumbkin" with children and, when he got to Tall-Man, he proudly displayed his middle fingers…because that's how the song played out.

Oh, and McFeely (Mr. McFeely was the "Speedy Delivery" guy) was Rogers' middle name.

Via Moose92