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The 15 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes Of All Time

By Vadim Newquist Mar 20, 2013

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The Tasaday Tribe

This group was claimed to have been a culture that had lived in isolation since the Stone Age. The tribe made headlines in the 1970s when they were allegedly discovered by Manuel Elizalde, Jr. A proper investigation of the tribe revealed that the Tasaday were no such thing; they wore jeans and T-shirts and spoke a modern local dialect. All the purported evidence—pictures and film of the tribe acting like Stone Age people—was staged, and tribe members had been coaxed into the phony performance with offers of free cigarettes and clothing.

Tags: history, science, slideshows, life, experiments, hoaxes

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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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