Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hoaxes That Fooled The World: Part 2

History, be it good, bad or in different and being just like hoaxes, repeat themselves. While there is always a sucker born every minute, it is because there really is nothing new under the sun, as you will soon read in 360 Degrees' second in a series. Hoaxes are not new to our generation; obviously history is replete with them.

Piltdown Man

The "Piltdown Man" is a famous hoax consisting of fragments of a skull and jawbone collected in 1912 from a gravel pit at Piltdown, a village near Uckfield, East Sussex, in England. The fragments were thought by many experts of the day to be the fossilized remains of a hitherto unknown form of early human. The Latin name Eoanthropus dawsoni ("Dawson's dawn-man", after the collector Charles Darson) was given to the specimen.

The significance of the specimen remained the subject of controversy until it was exposed in 1953 as a forgery, consisting of the lower jawbone of an orangutan combined with the skull of a fully developed, modern man.

The Piltdown hoax is perhaps the most famous archaeological hoax in history. It has been prominent for two reasons: the attention paid to the issue of human evolution, and the length of time (more than 40 years) that elapsed from its discovery to its full exposure as a forgery.

Georgia Bigfoot

The Georgia Bigfoot has been confirmed as a (gasp) hoax. The two Georgia men, one of them a cop, who claimed to have found the dead animal allegedly pulled one over on Tom Biscardi, a self-described Bigfoot researcher who has a reputation as a hoaxer himself. From Fox News: owner Tom Biscardi paid an "undisclosed sum" to Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, the two Georgia men who say they found the body, for their frozen corpse and the privilege of trotting them out in front of TV cameras.

At the same time, Biscardi sent self-described "Sasquatch detective" Steve Kulls back to Georgia to check out the body. Lots of people make ludicrous claims like Whitton and Dyer did, and like Biscardi has done in the past more than once. The element that made this hoax attractive for Biscardi was that Whitton was a sheriff deputy. Biscardi knew the law enforcement aspect would help the story appear more believable to the media, for a little while at least. That was all Biscardi needed.

Consider a historical parallel - the "Alien Autopsy Video" Hoax.

In the 1990's an unscrupulous television producer perpetrated a television hoax with a video of a phony autopsy of a phony alien body. The video was touted by a particular television network as a potentially authentic piece of video footage. The same video producer and television network later revealed their own hoax in a subsequent program. This televised hoax got high ratings, and they all cashed in, but it wasn't illegal.


While there are still many unanswered questions about September 11th, I don't see enough credible evidence to support that the U.S. Government (or hidden entities thereof) would do such a thing. If so, this borders more on a conspiracy than an actual hoax, and if the people knew such a thing happened, chances are good that the government would be overthrown much like Franklin, Jefferson and Washington envisioned. Pearl Harbor, in fact was no different. There were many unanswered questions about December 7th, but, like 9/11, I do not believe it was an elaborate hoax to get us into war, despite the continuous efforts of the 'hawks' in the Pentagon and the military industrial complex.

Death by Suicide of Adolph Hitler

Hitler led the German nation into unbridled prosperity, but at a price: the slaughter of innocent men, women and children and bringing the world into war on a most unprecedented scale. Hitler was insecure, prone to depression and was a documented manic-depressant with paranoid episodes. He was the perfect candidate for burning out, tucking tail and committing suicide. This has been documented over and over. While it is true that those who were not convicted, died in prison or were hung by The Hague, did go to Brazil (Martin Bormann, for instance), it is believe that most high ranking Nazi's, including Hitler, committed suicide, and no credible evidence exists to the contrary.


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