The Cardiff Giant
In 1869 in Cardiff, New York, a 10 foot petrified giant was discovered by workers digging a well. Scientists were not fooled, but thousands of Christian fundamentalists were convinced the discovery was proof that the "Nephilim" (giants mentioned in the Bible) once lived on Earth. It came out later that the body had been planted by an atheist named George Hull, who created the giant after an argument about a Biblical passage that occurred at a revival meeting. The fundamentalists had insisted Genesis 6:4 was evidence that giants once existed, but Hull was determined to prove otherwise.