William George Auger, the 'Cardiff Giant
', found fame in the circus of Phineas Taylor Barnum, inset STANDING at 8ft 4in inches tall, George Auger towered over the population of 19th-century Cardiff.
The remarkable story of the 'Cardiff Giant
', the 19th century hoax that fooled America
In fact, there was a real Cardiff giant
- George Auger, born near the Great Western Railway Station in Cardiff, where his parents had a business in nearby St Mary Street.
Thousands rushed to see the giant on display and to speculate on his origins, while scientists from around the world investigated the Cardiff Giant
THE CARDIFF GIANT
HOAX IN 1869, an enterprising farmer "dug up" a 10ft stone body at his farm in Cardiff - the small community in upstate New YorK.
American spiritual precipitate a Kinderhook or Cardiff giant
Among them are the unsolved mystery of the old Fitchburg High School fire, the city's relation to the "Cardiff Giant
," and the hidden curse on Fitchburg.
The Cardiff Giant
is, as the Library of Congress delicately catalogs it, a "forgery of antiquities" belonging to "New York (State)--History--Nineteenth century." But not just any historical oddity will automatically turn into captivating and useful fiction; it needs to speak to our time.
For hoax buffs, all the "favorites" are here listed alphabetically in the Table of Contents: ancient astronauts, the Bermuda Triangle, the Cardiff Giant
, Atlantis, King Tut's Curse, the hollow Earth, the Hitler diaries, Aimee Semple McPherson's phony kidnapping, Nostradamus's "prophecies," the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, biorhythms, the Cottingley fairies, Communist Rules for Revolution, the Awful Disclosures of Mafia Monk, the Shroud of Turin, Bigfoot, crop circles, levitation, and many more than even the majority of hoax fans may not have been aware.
( <IR> See HUMOR IN THE UNITED STATES </IR> , <IR> CARDIFF GIANT
</IR> , <IR> TALL TALES </IR> .)
Meanwhile, when I wrote in my column on September 22 that George Auger the Cardiff giant
never fulfilled his ambition of appearing at Cardiff's Empire Theatre in Queen Street I was wrong.
It was a 10-foot-tall "petrified" man which became known as the 'Cardiff giant