How Left-Handedness Came To Be Seen As Evil

How did left-handedness transform from a symptom of mental and moral deficiency to a sign of creativity and mental fortitude?

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When Michael Salazar wrote that his “fourth grade teacher would force me to use my right hand to perform all of my school work” and that “if she caught me using my left hand, I was hit in the head with a dictionary,” he described more than just an encounter with a violent instructor; he illustrated the physical consequences of centuries of religious, scientific, and social thought.

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What We Loved This Week, Aug. 7 – 13

The best of old-school cool, America’s strangest conventions, history’s dumbest inventions, Missouri’s summertime Santa convention, and appalling vintage anti-suffrage propaganda.

Retro Photographs That Define Old-School Cool

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So Bad So GoodA suave Harrison Ford in 1980.

There’s cool and then there’s old-school cool. Our favorite pop culture icons are often celebrated for their creativity and contributions to their arts. But sometimes, we forget to appreciate them for being simply themselves. These photographs serve to remind us that these “cool kids” are effortlessly chic regardless of what they’re doing — whether they’re relaxing in their car or hanging out at home.

Ladies and gentlemen, take note. View more photos at So Bad So Good.

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So Bad So GoodBlondie’s Debbie Harry, New York City, 1977.

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So Bad So GoodThe Beatles before they were famous.

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How A Sexy German Cartoon Gave Birth To The Barbie Doll

Meet Lilli, the dirty little secret Barbie creators hoped everyone would forget.

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Wikimedia CommonsThe original Barbie (left), compared with Bild Lilli.

The Barbie doll has long been the symbol of the all-American woman. She’s known as much for her good looks and her extensive wardrobe as she is her impressive list of careers. Yet Barbie’s origins aren’t as innocent — or American — as you might think.

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