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The 15 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes Of All Time

By Vadim Newquist Mar 20, 2013

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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.

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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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