Cardiff giant


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Cardiff giant

a gypsum statue passed off as a petrified prehistoric man till revealed as a hoax (1869). [Am. Hist.: EB (1963), 9: 533]
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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.
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 mystery.
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.
The Cardiff Giant is, as the Library of Congress delicately catalogs it, a "forgery of antiquities" belonging to "New York (State)--History--Nineteenth century.
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.
lt;IR> See HUMOR IN THE UNITED STATES </IR> , <IR> CARDIFF GIANT </IR> , <IR> TALL TALES </IR> .
The centrepiece for the 1987 Charles Street Carnival was an exact replica of one of the biggest archaeological frauds in history, namely the Cardiff Giant.
OBut it's actually a ring that once belonged to a man called William Auger, dubbed the Cardiff Giant.
MENTION the Cardiff Giant to anyone today and they will probably thinK you are referring to the supposedly fossilised man which was put on display by P T Barnum in Cardiff, US, in the 1860s.
THE glorious credulity of humanity was demonstrated 140 years ago this week when the discovery of the Cardiff Giant was hailed as an archaeological sensation.
District Reporter: Great hoaxes:The Cardiff Giant In Cardiff, New York, in 1869, a 10ft stone body was dug up on a farm.

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