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Bunny ears—the classic photobomb pose of two fingers stretched out like rabbit's ears behind another person's head has been a popular prank for decades.
But it has a darker history.
[The hidden history of gestures: bunny ears.]
Also known as "cuckold's horns," it goes back to the Middle Ages, where the gesture was used to mock and shame a man whose wife had cheated on him.
Cuckolds were sometimes made to wear antlers on their heads.
It's also said the gesture symbolized ass' ears, a common insult in Medieval times.
The word cuckold comes from the French word for cuckoo, a reference to that bird's habit of laying its eggs in another bird's nest.
The cuckold was a figure of fun in the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare, and he was still being mocked even in Victorian times.
[We are not amused.]
We don't know who the first person was to make the bunny ears joke in a photo.
Perhaps it began around the 1950s, when people started taking photos of friends and family.
But, in any case, the idea caught on and spread.
In Italy, the gesture is made using the index and little finger and is known as the "devil's horns," but the effect is the same.
Now it's a common feature of selfie culture around the world.
But watch out, because you could be the bunny.
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The dark history of the bunny ears sign | BBC Ideas

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Seraya published on May 8, 2020    Seraya translated    adam reviewed
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