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Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The worms inside your face
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Petition to Stop the Godsend Institute
I talked about the Godsend Institute (the website of a cloning lab that's really a promo for an upcoming movie of the same name) a few days ago. I said that I really didn't think the site was that convincing. But maybe others have been fooled by it because someone started an online petition to ban the Godsend Institute. Of course, I'm not above suspecting that the petition was started by the movie studio itself as a way to generate faux controversy. This was a favorite ploy of P.T. Barnum. Back in 1835 he was exhibiting Joice Heth, an elderly black woman whom he claimed was the 161-year-old former nurse of George Washington. When attendance at the exhibit began to decrease, he sent an anonymous letter to a local paper angrily declaring that Heth was a fake, a "curiously constructed automaton, made up of whalebone, India-rubber, and numberless springs." Sure enough, attendance immediately picked up again as visitors returned to see if Heth really was an old woman or a mechanical automaton.
Categories: Advertising, Birth/Babies, Entertainment
Posted by The Curator on Sun Apr 18, 2004
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Posted by Gee  on  Mon Apr 26, 2004  at  06:28 PM
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