We Know What The Middle Finger Means, But Where Did It Come From?
The one-finger salute might be humanity's longest-running insult gesture.By David Cawthon | October 14, 2016
But how did the middle finger become such a staple insult in America?
The first known recorded sighting in the states is in an 1886 baseball photo. It shows Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn of the Boston Beaneaters flipping the bird. He likely borrowed the gesture from Italian immigrants, who might've imported it to the U.S.