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  • Bunny earsthe 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.

Bunny earsthe classic photobomb pose of two fingers stretched out like rabbit's ears behind another person's head has been a popular prank for decades.

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