The Oldest Trick in the Book—Revealed (sort of)

1. It dates back to Shakespearean times, and represented horns (for a man whose wife had committed adultery).2. It's really a peace sign —people started doing it in photos in the 1960s.3. The term comes from the Playboy bunnies.4. They are really donkey ears.

06georgelucas We may never know who was the first to pull the old bunny-ears prank (holding up two fingers behind someone's head when they get their picture taken), or even when it was first recorded on film.
But it turns out it is a hotly debated topic (at least in the comments section of this article)

Here are some of the most plausible suggestions:

1. It dates back to Shakespearean times, and represented horns (for a man whose wife had committed adultery).
2. It's really a peace sign —people started doing it in photos in the 1960s.
3. The term "bunny ears" comes from the Playboy bunnies.
4. They are really donkey ears.

Whatever the origin, please stop doing it—it's just not funny anymore.

_ —Kathleen Davis_