The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The worms inside your face
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Taughannock Giant
July 4, 1879 a giant stone man (weight: 800 pounds; height: seven feet) was unearthed near Ithaca, New York (suspiciously close to Cardiff, New York). He was soon dubbed the Taughannock Giant. The stone man was described by a commentator as "a human figure lying on its back, arms nearly straight and the legs crossed at the ankle... well proportioned with the exception of the feet, which appear more like those of an ape." Scientists pronounced it an authentic fossilized man. In reality, it was the handiwork of one Ira Dean who had carved it in his basement. For the complete story, check out the Taughannock Stone Man Web Page created by Dan Dickinson, Jeff Dennis, and Ben Land.
Categories: History
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 05, 2003
Comments (0)
There are no comments yet for this post.
Commenting is no longer available for this post.
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.