The Myth About Badgers


In the seventeenth century, country folk believed that the badger had legs on one side shorter than the other – the consensus was that the short legs were on the left.

The Public Domain Review looks at Pseudodoxia Epidemica, a bestiary written by author and physician Sir Thomas Browne that sought to dispel myths about unicorns, Noah’s Ark, and badgers.

P.E. Garcia is an Editor-at-Large for the Rumpus and a contributor to HTMLGiant. They currently live in Philadelphia, where they were recently accidentally elected to be Judge of Elections. Find them on Twitter: @AvantGarcia. More from this author →