A brief, irritating history of trolls

Still stirring up trouble after all these years.
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Trolls live for one purpose: to irritate and enrage as many people as possible, usually through some form of deception. And though they achieved their greatest infamy on the Net, trolls have existed in real and mythical form for thousands of years, plaguing everyone from Plato to the Pope. Here's a brief pictographic history of trolls from cave dwellers to the current day.

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