TIL the historical origins of The Joker’s smile. It comes from fictitious child-surgeon-slavers called Comprachicos in Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel The Man Who Laughs–they kidnapped a kid and turned him into a jester, and the character with the horrible grin became The Joker.

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