The surprising history of giving someone the finger

Jerry Seinfeld has a funny bit (below) in which he reveals the absurdity of giving the finger: "Someone shows me one of their fingers, and I'm supposed to feel bad." Of course, it isn't just any finger—it's THE finger! And in the video above, we learn the fascinating history of why this particular gesture is such a potent insult.

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