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The 15 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes Of All Time

By Vadim Newquist Mar 20, 2013

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The Turk

The Turk was a fake chess-playing machine constructed in the latter part of the 18th century, designed to look like a robot in Turkish garb that could defeat even the best human chess players. The machine toured the world for close to a century, beating the best chess masters, including Benjamin Franklin, impressing many with its supposed artificial intelligence. In truth, the robot's body was occupied by a real person hidden inside!

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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