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The 15 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes Of All Time

By Vadim Newquist Mar 20, 2013

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Crop Circles

Crop circle mythology is still going strong, as TV viewers will attest, even though the strange formations have long been exposed as a hoax. It all began in the English wheat fields in the late 1970s, when UFOlogists and other paranormal researchers became convinced that crop circles appearing out of nowhere must be messages from aliens or other equally strange phenomena. Finally, in 1991, two pranksters named Doug Bower and Dave Chorley owned up to having created the circles using planks, rope, hats, and wire as their only tools. Their method still continues to be duplicated. Though the process has been explained in countless television shows, many still choose to believe they're products of alien life.

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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