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The 15 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes Of All Time

By Vadim Newquist Mar 20, 2013

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Bonsai Kitten

In 2000 a university student at MIT, using the fake name of Dr. Michael Wong Chong, created a website that gave instructions on how to grow a kitten in a jar so that the kitten would take on the shape of the container, like the bonsai plant does. Even though this was obviously a joke, the website drew international protests from animal rights groups, so MIT removed the website. To this day, many who never got the memo about it being light-hearted hoax, still believe it's real.

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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