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The 15 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes Of All Time

By Vadim Newquist Mar 20, 2013

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Fiji Mermaid

This incredible-looking creature fooled scores of people into believing it was the mummified remains of a genuine mermaid, until it was revealed to be nothing more than the torso and head of a baby monkey attached to the tail of a fish.

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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