5 Historical Hoaxes


Clockwise from top left: Mary Toft's bunny births, the Cottingly Fairies, the Cardiff Giant, the Newark Holy Stones and Clever Hans Holy stone image by J. Huston McCulloch. All other images public domain.

Historical hoaxes are surprisingly common. For example, a N.Y. cigar maker once commissioned a gypsum skeleton to pass off as a 10-foot-tall petrified man called the Cardiff Giant. Join Deblina and Sarah as they explore the Cardiff Giant, Clever Hans, the Cottingley Fairies, Mary Toft's bunny births and David Wyrick and the the Newark Holy Stones.

Topics in this Podcast: hoaxes, fraud, Crime