|The Cardiff Giant being re-buried|
Scientists went to Cardiff to examine the giant. One of them was quoted as saying that any man who said the giant was a hoax, "... had simply declared himself a fool."
Four doctors declared that, in their opinion, this was once a living creature, Others believed the preserved corpse to be a member of a lost race.
The truth was that a member of Newell's extended family, George Hall, had planted the body where he knew it would be discovered.
Hall had the body created out of a huge block of gypsum. The appearance of petrified flesh was made by inserting hundreds of darning needles into a block of wood before hammering this into the 'body', This looked like pores within the skin. The giant was also doused with sulphuric acid to give the appearance of great age,
The hoax worked more that Hall could ever have imagined.
Money was made, a legend was created. The only people who lost out were so called experts who declared the giant to be genuine. Such is life, there are winners and losers.
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A giant dong.ReplyDelete
Very weird story. Hall sure went to great lengths to do this! Too bad he didn't focus his imagination on something else. No telling what he might have produced.ReplyDelete
Weird is right. Incredible that "experts" could be fooled although in 1869 I supposed they didn't know so much.ReplyDelete