Italy's highest court of appeal affirmed the illegality of insulting someone by sticking your tongue out at them.
The case brought before the Cassation Court involved a farmer whose tongue gesture was captured by a cellphone camera held by the neighbour with whom he was arguing. The farmer, Carlo O., had been convicted by a justice of the peace of insulting the neighbour.
The Cassation Court let stand the conviction and ordered Carlo O. to pay his neighbour's court costs of $1,863.81. He will also have to pay damages, which will be set in a different trial.
Italian courts often find people guilty of offending someone's honour.