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The 15 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes Of All Time

By Vadim Newquist Mar 20, 2013

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War of the Worlds

On October 30, 1938, a radio program voiced by actor/director legend Orson Welles aired, based on the H.G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds. It was presented as a series of news bulletins, reporting that the world was being attacked by Martian invaders. Listeners were fooled into believing a real alien invasion was in progress, causing panic and hysteria around the country.

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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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