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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Fletcher View Post
    It's what the bird looks like when it is give to you thumb out. The northern panhandle is the middle finger, and the eastern panhandle is the thumb.
    Just glad to know it wasn't just my imagination. (still clinging to the theory that lincoln did it on purpose to say ____you to the south.)
    I want to be left behind!!

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    What does shooting the bird mean??

    DOVE JAMBALAYA, BABY!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Fletcher View Post
    Here is one popular urban legend for the origin of flipping the bird:

    Subject: Truth About the Finger

    In the film Titanic the character Rose is shown giving the finger to Jack, another character. Many people who have seen the film question whether "giving the finger" was done around the time of the Titanic disaster, or was it a more recent gesture invented by some defiant seventh-grader. According to research, here's the true story:

    Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore [soldiers would] be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous weapon was made of the native English yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew." Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, "See, we can still pluck yew!"

    Over the years some "folk etymologies" have grown up around this symbolic gesture. Since "pluck yew" is rather difficult to say, like "pheasant mother plucker," which is who you had to go to for the feathers used on the arrows for the longbow, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative "f," and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger salute are mistakenly thought to have something to do with an intimate encounter. It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows that the gesture is known as "giving the bird."

    And yew all thought yew knew everything!
    Saw this on the History channel. Was going to post if someelse didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrZaius View Post
    What does shooting the bird mean??

    DOVE JAMBALAYA, BABY!!!!!
    A What???? Can I have an interpretation please??
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    Rocky; “it ain't how hard you hit; IT'S ABOUT HOW HARD YOU CAN GET HIT and KEEP moving FORWARD. HOW MUCH YOU CAN TAKE, and KEEP moving FORWARD. That's HOW winning IS done. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her,or anybody. COWARDS DO THAT and that ain't you. You're better than that!
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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1tXhJniSEc"]YouTube - ROCKY BALBOA: IT AIN´T ABOUT HOW HARD YOU HIT ...[/ame]

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    EDITED OUT POST: the link wouldn't work. It was an animated link and it wouldn't link up.
    Last edited by christian1159; 02-16-2007 at 03:52 PM.
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    Rocky; “it ain't how hard you hit; IT'S ABOUT HOW HARD YOU CAN GET HIT and KEEP moving FORWARD. HOW MUCH YOU CAN TAKE, and KEEP moving FORWARD. That's HOW winning IS done. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her,or anybody. COWARDS DO THAT and that ain't you. You're better than that!
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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1tXhJniSEc"]YouTube - ROCKY BALBOA: IT AIN´T ABOUT HOW HARD YOU HIT ...[/ame]

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    I just jumped to the end of this thread, so I don't know if this has already been answered. The Flipping of the middle finger actually came about by the French I believe it was.

    Apparently during one of the wars over there, when they would attack a city, they did not have range they needed to attack from a safe distance. They developed a type of bow that gave them extra distance. To my understanding they began using their middle fingers to draw the bow back, ( i guess this hadn't been practiced prior to). when the use of this weapon was successful they would raise their middle finger to the enemy as a sort of salute and slap in the face of the enemy....

    thus the flipping someone off....

    BTW.... a buddy of mine just watched a special on this and shared it with me, I am by no means a history buff

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    whoops I just noticed someone else posted the history of it as well.... sorry

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    Dove jambalaya its Cajun rice-based spicy and usually chicken and andouille, but we gets dove jambalaya when we can shoot them. Its great food in top 5 for me along with crawfish.

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    I've got a smilie which waves all sweetly and then flips the bird, but I sure won't post it here.
    [Translating] Nonsense isn't easy, especially when you don't know what it means.
    - "Slaying the Chinese Jabberwock - The Limitations of Translating Nonsense", Alan Levinovitz

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    Quote Originally Posted by ObeyGodnotMen View Post
    The Flipping of the middle finger actually came about by the French
    I should have known.
    "Truth is truth. To the end of reckoning".

 

 

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