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A black lion: real or fake?
Fake Fish Photos
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
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
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