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Pol Caught Flipping Bird Wishes He'd Flipped 2

Germany's Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel kept things concise for neo-Nazi hecklers

(Newser) - Germany's second-in-command has only one regret after flipping the bird at a group of neo-Nazis recently. He wishes he'd shown them both middle fingers, not one, reports the AP . Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel received both criticism and applause for his unambiguous gesture of disdain toward neo-Naziprotesters in the... More »

Tsarnaev Defense Revisits His Middle Finger

Lawyer contends gesture wasn't as sinister as prosecution alleges

(Newser) - Jurors deciding whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will live or die are suddenly being asked to pay a lot of attention to an image of him flipping the bird. Yesterday, prosecutors showed jurors the image, taken from video in his jail cell three months after the bombing, and cast it as the... More »

Tsarnaev Flips Off Camera in Photo Shown to Jury

It was taken just 3 months after attack; prosecutors call him 'unrepentant'

(Newser) - Prosecutors opened the death-penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial in memorable fashion: with a photo of the bomber flipping off a security camera in his jail cell just a few months after the attack. (The photo hasn't been made public, though WBUR posted a sketch on Twitter here... More »

Coming Soon: Middle Finger Emoji

It's what we've all been waiting for, right?

(Newser) - A whole new set of emoji will soon be on your smartphone ... including a sure-to-be-useful middle finger emoji. Unicode—the company that standardizes text across the software industry—announced more than 2,800 new characters it's adding in Version 7.0. That includes about 250 new emoji, which also... More »

Guy Buys House Next to Ex, Flips Her 12-Foot Finger

In Michigan, revenge is a dish best served with gestures

(Newser) - Hell hath no fury like, well, like a guy with the means to buy the house next door to his ex-wife and the lover with whom she allegedly cheated, and it probably also doesn't have Alan Markovitz's vindictive creativity, either: Seems the Detroit-area man then had a 12-foot... More »

Driver Who Flipped Off Police Wins Round in Court

New York appeals court reinstates lawsuit over arrest

(Newser) - A federal appeals court in New York has reinstated a lawsuit brought by a man who was arrested after giving the finger to a police officer and sued for what he calls a malicious prosecution. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals today restored the claim brought by John Swartz... More »

It's World Middle Finger Day

Because if Hallmark can do it, why not bitter people?

(Newser) - As Newser fumbled with the alarm in the dark this morning, it had a special feeling that today was not just any Wednesday, and lo and behold it is not: It is World Middle Finger Day, reports Wired , which compiles some of the best bird-flying clips available on the big... More »

Adele Flips Bird at Brit Awards

She's annoyed when Best Album speech is cut short

(Newser) - Adele pulled an MIA Super Bowl stunt and flipped the bird at Britain's music awards last night when one of her acceptance speeches was cut short. She grabbed honors for Best British Female Solo Artist and Best Album in London, a week after scooping up six awards at the... More »

Enough With the Outrage Over MIA's Middle Finger

It was hardly the most offensive thing about the Super Bowl: Sasha Frere-Jones

(Newser) - NBC, the NFL, and MIA herself have now all apologized for the singer's middle finger incident at the Super Bowl—but why? "Unless somebody was handing out Xanax with the foam fingers, Lucas Oil Stadium was ringing with the music of profanities" during the game, writes Sasha Frere-Jones... More »

MIA Flips Bird in Super Bowl Halftime Show

Apparently she cusses, too, just like in song's original version

(Newser) - What would a Super Bowl halftime show be without a pop star doing something fairly outrageous? But halftime queen Madonna wasn't this year's provoker; it was her guest star—political dance maven MIA, who ended her performance during Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin" by flipping... More »

Now UPS Man Tosses Package, Flips the Bird

FedEx apparently isn't the only offender

(Newser) - It appears FedEx is in good company: Now UPS is catching some flak after a Long Island delivery worker was caught on video ... not just tossing a package, but also giving the middle finger to the customer's security camera, reports the Inquisitr . The incident apparently happened on Dec. 15.... More »

Russian Newscaster Seems to Flip Off Obama On-Air

Not so, says the station: But it still fired her

(Newser) - Some things need no translation: A Russian newscaster has been fired after she raised her middle finger while mentioning Barack Obama in a news item, reports the Telegraph . The privately owned REN TV called the on-air move by Tatyana Limanova "unacceptable." The channel, though, added that Limanova was... More »

Flipping the Bird Leads to Car Crash

3 hospitalized in accident

(Newser) - It wasn’t that flipping the bird provoked road rage: Instead, it was the physical act of giving the finger that led a Tacoma woman to lose control at the wheel, KING5 reports. The 23-year-old couldn’t change lanes because an SUV was in her way, so she brandished her... More »

Casey Anthony Lawyer Has a Message for the Media

Cheney Mason wasn't really impressed with press coverage

(Newser) - Most everybody was busy pointing fingers following Casey Anthony's acquittal yesterday, but defense attorney Cheney Mason had a choice one to point at the media. Spotted drinking cocktails at an Orlando restaurant to celebrate the verdict, Mason flipped off reporters peering into the window at him ... and an AP... More »

Guy Who Flipped Cops Off Settles Suit for $4K

Robert Ekas says police violated his free speech

(Newser) - Robert Ekas fought the law, and the law has to pony up four grand: The Oregon man brought himself folk-hero fame when he sued cops for violating his free-speech rights when he flipped them the bird and they slapped him with baloney tickets, reports the Oregonian. Today, he settled the... More »

The Overused Middle Finger: Meaningless?

It's everywhere, and is barely shocking anymore

(Newser) - From Lindsay Lohan to Lady Gaga to a friggin’ senator , it seems everyone is giving everyone else the finger these days. Flipping the bird has become so commonplace it’s not shocking anymore, although it still has the capacity to spawn viral videos (see left for a now-infamous BBC weatherman).... More »

Bunning Throws Tantrum, Flips ABC the Bird

Ducks query about filibuster, huffs into 'senators only elevator'

(Newser) - After using Senate procedure last week to block the extension of jobless benefits to millions, Republican Jim Bunning hid behind Senate privilege today rather than answer questions about it—after giving the middle finger to a reporter trying to ask him about it. ABC cameras didn’t catch that; reporter... More »

Man Awarded $50K Over Bird-Flipping Ticket

Pittsburgh settles suit over ticket for giving cop the finger

(Newser) - Giving the finger to a cop has won a Pittsburgh man a $50,000 payoff. The city council decided to pay him to settle a civil rights lawsuit he brought after being ticketed for flipping the bird at a police officer and a fellow motorist, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Federal... More »

NFL Fines Titans Owner $250K for Flipping Bird

Tennessee's Bud Adams dinged for 'detrimental' conduct

(Newser) - The NFL fined 86-year-old Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for "conduct detrimental to the league"—namely, flipping the bird toward the Buffalo Bills' sideline in the waning moments of yesterday's 41-17 Tennessee victory. He later repeated the display on the field, the Tennessean reports. "I... More »

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