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The Origins Of The Middle Finger

Hits: 20642 | Rating: (1.8) | Category: Entertainment | Added by: piperfawn
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dielaughing
Female, 13-17, Western US
 130 Posts
Sunday, January 09, 2011 1:36:25 AM
Can she just get to the f*cking point of the video?

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 11:37:13 PM
No hot girl has it pitched about right - cleavage is like pacman to a guys IQ.

adlinbaby
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 404 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:37:37 PM
hot girl should stop talking like she's talking to 3 year olds

LazyMe484
Male, 18-29, Canada
 10503 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 6:08:33 PM

I win this thread

han5nah
Female, 13-17, Midwest US
 740 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 4:45:03 PM
dratin annoying voice.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11286 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 4:09:57 PM
[quote">There's actually no reference to it appearing within the British culture until the 1970s. [/quote">

Yes, there is. It appeared on film in the 1901, so it was clear that the gesture was commonly understood at least as far back as 1901.

There's very little written about it until more recently because it was a crude, low-class gesture, but it is definitely far older than the 1970s.

The 1901 film is now publically available:

Workers at Parkgate steelworks, 1901.

At 1:02, you can very clearly see a worker giving a very obvious v-sign to the camera.

It's no known how old the gesture is. It might be 19th century. It might be medieval. It might be Neolithic. But it was definitely well known by 1901.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11286 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 3:49:29 PM
The number of fingers wouldn't necessarily be relevant. It does take three fingers (and a hell of a lot of strength) to draw a proper British war longbow, but it's those two fingers that hold the arrow on a standard draw.

What's more relevant is that French soldiers hated them, with very good reason. They would have cut their throats, not their fingers. Even if there was a ransom to be had, which there wasn't.

Some longbows were preserved on the Mary Rose and copied after it was raised. The range of the strongest was 320 yards with a heavy war arrow. The historical claims of a range of 250 yards are clearly accurate. Up to 10 arrows a minute. Up to 10,000 archers. Arrows available by the million.

They were facing up to 100,000 yard-long arrows per minute massacring their fellow solders long before they could get in range with their own weapons. It was a horror.

If they caught the archers, they killed them.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11286 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 3:29:16 PM
The bit about the French and English is partly true, except we (English) raise two fingers (index and middle). It does indeed come from when the French used to chop off those two fingers of our longbow men.


There is absolutely no evidence of that ever happening. Not a single piece of evidence.

The earliest record of prisoners of war being taken on a large scale in Europe or Britain is from the early 19th century, during the Napoleonic war.

Prior to that, prisoners of war were only taken if they were wealthy enough to ransom (or, in much earlier times, for slavery). Archers in English armies were relatively well treated, but they were still commoners who were not rich and therefore couldn't be ransomed. It's far more likely that they would just be killed, all the more so because English archers were every bit as unpopular in France as you'd expect during the wars. English archery was a weapon of mass destruction.

scoomanchoo
Male, 18-29, Canada
 222 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 12:55:01 PM
Tits or GTFO

LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4358 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 12:10:50 PM
Boring and badly researched.

deceit
Male, 18-29, S. America
 78 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 11:57:50 AM
1- saw it was a video, thought about closing the tab without watching;
2- noticed it featured a cute girl, decided to watch;
3- heard her voice, decided again to close the tab.

SomeShoes
Male, 13-17, Canada
 2068 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 11:35:31 AM
flatline.

8BitHero
Male, 18-29, Europe
 5426 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 11:34:21 AM
This



was pretty boring.

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 11:05:19 AM
@samsquanch I'm going to twirl my pinky at the next 10 people that offend me (or vice versa, as it might speed up proceedings). Will b worth if for sheer wtf value.

Jofferwry
Female, 18-29, Europe
 161 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:44:31 AM
slow, boring, not worth watching.

Samsquanch
Male, 30-39, Canada
 794 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:25:34 AM
So, the next thing you're going to tell me is that drat is short for fornicating under consent of king, or that poo means ship high in transit.
Gestures, like language, doesn't really have an origin...it just happens. Person A decides he has more culture than Person B, and Person B agrees...so Person A's ideas are impressed on Person B.
I could decide that flashing the pinky finger, and twirling it is offensive...if enough people worship me as an idol, they'll agree, and it will be a cultural obscenity.

datubaman198
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 79 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:22:30 AM
I'd let her sit on my middle finger any day.

I-IS-BORED
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2432 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 8:54:35 AM
@CallofKtulu
It's placed perfectly on my font/window size and that's all I care about.

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13246 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 8:30:38 AM
UGLY!?!?! Some people geez picky picky the dirty librarian doing it for me plus she's got nice legs.

meepmaker
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 6716 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 8:24:50 AM
Slow. . . .

zombunny
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 2524 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 7:40:56 AM
That was actually interesting, but way too slow.

Helgarin
Male, 18-29, Europe
 491 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 6:54:25 AM
The video is too slow.

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 4:56:01 AM
Samsqua..

There was a strategy of taking prisoners, mostly toffs for ransom. Realising the true worth of a bunch of French toffs, Henry V ordered them all slaughtered during the battle of Agincourt.

Three fingers are the recommended for drawing on a yew longbow, losing two of those three would be enough to stop you firing a strong bow right? The French probably didn't realise you needed three cos they had tiny little girlie bows, which was why they were such crap archers ;)

Samsquanch
Male, 30-39, Canada
 794 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 4:04:12 AM
...um...hate to break it to you, dazza, but, no it doesn't. Firstly, longbow men would have been worthless to the French army. There was no concept of keeping prisoners back then. Secondly, it takes three fingers to draw a bow, not two.
There's actually no reference to it appearing within the British culture until the 1970s.

Citation
And another citation

EdiMesic
Male, 18-29, Europe
 599 Posts
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 3:14:38 AM
Haha, she's cute. Which probably makes this funnier
than it really is.

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