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The 15 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes Of All Time

By Vadim Newquist Mar 20, 2013

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The Great Moon Hoax

In the mid-19th century, the popular New York Sun published a number of articles highlighting incredible discoveries in space by British scientist Sir John Herschel, via his revolutionary new telescopic methods, demonstrating that the surface of the moon was covered with lilac colored pyramids, herds of bison, a race of human like monsters, and blue unicorns. Eventually, Sir Herschel got wind of the stories, and the hoax was uncovered, apparently with no harm to John's nearly blighted reputation.

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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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