Does anyone know where the practice of giving someone the finger? Well, I do. In the 100 Years War, French troops hated the British Long bow (the machine gun of its time) that was made from the Yew tree; which is pluct with the middle finger. The French hated and feared it so much that whenever the French captured any British soldier, they would cut off their middle finger to incapacitate their 'Plucking' abilities. In the battle of Agincourt the French had the British forces surounded. And then the French began counting their chicken before they hatched. They celebrated an early victory. Mean while Henry V rallies the british forces together and defeat the French. What's this to do with flipping someone off? Well after their victory, in a show of cockiness, the british proudly desplayed their still attached middle fingers to the french prisoners and then said something (I think it was something like "Plucking the Yew") which then became known as flipping someone the bird and saying "F%&* you!" I saw this on a show just now on HBO called "Assume the position with Robert Wuhl." It was so funny I had to post it. He also told the story of the first african american graduate of Harvard Dental school also invented the golf tee as well as the story of America's first transvestite govonor.