Sunday, January 15, 2006

Famous Frauds

One of the most famous and fascinating frauds perpetrated in this century is certainly "Piltdown Man". A skull "discovered" in 1912 by Charles Dawson in Piltdown, England it was said to provide the missing link to evolution. Well, in reality it was fragments of a human skull and an intact orangatuan jaw. Teilhard de Chardin studied the "artifact". Rudyard Kipling left clues in his story "Dayspring Mishandled" that he knew of the fake. You can read more about it here.

Big Foot was debunked and you can read the sad truth here.

Crop Circles are another elaborate hoax.

The Cardiff Giant and P.T. Barnum an interesting read.

The Tourist of death photo that began as an inside joke among friends but became a phenomenon on the internet.

The truth about Amityville; after the owners of the home discovered grisly murders had taken place they made up the stories of the haunting with their lawyer, profited handsomely from book and movie deals until their lawyer revealed the truth.

But the Cottingly Fairies I still want to believe in. Francis says the first 4 photos are faked but the fifth was real. You can read more and see if you believe. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes believed fiercely in the fairies and if that isn't enough for you, what is?

Though on a more serious and disturbing note another famous fraud whom political correctness has given their own American holiday is Martin Luther King Jr. He is said to be a champion of equality, committed to civil rights for black Americans, a Christian and nonviolence advocate. In reality King was a Communist, womanizer, plagiarist and all around fraud. Go here and read about the reality and evaluate for yourself if Martin Luther King Jr. day is cause for celebration or only another hoax.

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