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Hitler’s Mustache and Other Innocent Things That Will Forever Be Ruined by Association

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This is why we can't have nice things

It’s not fair that the swastika — a symbol of good luck in southeast Asia — was used as a symbol of hate, and it’s not fair that yuppies made suspenders — a functional fashion accessory — a symbol of greed. Yet that’s how such things get a bad rap. These symbols went from innocuous to notorious overnight thanks to a few people (or a murderous army, in fairness) who donned them, despite years of being associated with different things entirely.

Here are some other examples of innocent things that became sinister thanks to those who adopted them…

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