The middle finger gesture has been approved by the European Parliament. Other parliaments too

The use of the middle finger as an insult is believed to date back to the 4th century BC, when the philosopher Diogenes in Athens told a group of spectators what he thought of the orator Demosthenes by making the gesture. The ancient Romans, on the other hand, called the middle finger Digitus Imbuticus (“Attack, indecent finger”).

One of the oldest political middle fingers with photographic evidence is that of US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, who mocked students at Binghamton University in New York in 1976. It later became known as the “Rockefeller Salute”.

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