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The Top 20 Biggest Lies in History

By Becky Ferreira Jan 9, 2014

18 of 21

Ultra

This one is SO COOL. Back in WWII, there was this awesome genius named Alan Turing (soon to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch). Turing cracked the notoriously difficult Nazi Enigma code like it was the easiest thing in the world, but the Allies didn't want the Axis to catch on to their success. So they created "Ultra": a campaign of falsehoods designed to keep the Axis thinking that their code was still copacetic. For years, the deception went on, but it paid off in the end. As Winston Churchill said, "It was thanks to Ultra that we won the war." GO TEAM ULTRA!

Tags: history, lies, slideshows, presidents, governments, false

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