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Exclamation Points

For thousands of years, humans have read meaning into moles. In ancient China and Greece, fortune-tellers divined futures by reading birthmarks. (One on your forehead? You’re a power player! Is it on the back of your neck? Oh, sorry, you’re going to be beheaded.) In seventeenth-century England and France, women fashioned faux moles from taffeta or leather. On the other side of the Atlantic, Salem witch hunters decreed that moles were the work of the devil.

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