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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Hoaxing of Margaret Mead
Thanks to Derek Freeman's work, a lot of people know that the anthropologist Margaret Mead was hoaxed into believing that young Samoan girls were far more sexually active than they actually were. But Mead made influential claims about other cultures as well, about which she apparently was just as wrong, according to this article in Front Page Magazine. For instance, she claimed that the Mountain Arapesh, a tribe of New Guinea yam gardeners, had no knowledge of the concept of war. Not quite. Other researchers later found that about half the adult male Arapesh had killed people in battle.
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Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 14, 2003
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