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The Shoe Heard 'Round The World: Insults Abroad

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The Shoe Heard 'Round The World: Insults Abroad

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The Shoe Heard 'Round The World: Insults Abroad

The Shoe Heard 'Round The World: Insults Abroad

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An Iraqi journalist threw both of his shoes at President Bush during a press conference on Sunday. While a shoe to the head can hardly be misinterpreted, it's a particularly severe insult among Iraqis. Washington Post human behavior columnist Shankar Vedantam tells us about what different insults say about the groups who use them. Does your family or culture have unique ways to show scorn?