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Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
A black lion: real or fake?
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Keely Motor Company, 1875
John Worrell Keely founded the Keely Motor Company in 1875 in order to develop and commercialize his invention: a "vibratory generator" that required only a quart of water to generate the equivalent of the power needed to pull a fully-loaded train for over 75 minutes. Following successful demonstrations of this miraculous device in his workshop, investors rushed to give him money, even though the scientific community derided his claims. For fourteen years he kept working on his engine, promising investors that the moment was just around the corner when he would unveil it to the world. The investors believed him and kept pouring money into his bank account. When he died in 1898 investigators discovered the secret of the engine. There was a compressed air machine hidden in the basement of his house that fed power to the engine located two floors directly above it.
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