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The 17th-Century Breastoration: A Time Before Bras

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The Mouse That Crawled Up Inside A Man, And Other Urban Legends Of The 17th Century

The Internet, Preserver of Our Fleeting Shames, also resurrects the lovely (because distant) indignities of the past. Prominent among these is the Athenian Mercury, the semi-reputable 1690s London advice column—put out by a group of misfits who called themselves The Athenian Society—to which many a citizen turned when wondering why people swoon at the sight of cats or laugh in the presence of pork. READ MORE

Surprising Jewelry in Art

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Dogs on a Mission in Art

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Women With Swords in Art

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Women With Books They're Not Reading in Art

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Toys and Games in Art

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Creepy Hands in Art

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Men in High Heeled Shoes in Art

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Cats in Art

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