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The Cardiff Giant Fools the Nation, 145 Years Ago — History in the Headlines

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“What is it?” asked the ads for Barnum’s exhibition. “Is it a Statue? Is it a Petrification? Is it a Stupendous Fraud? Is it the Remains of a former Race?”

We’ve just passed the 145th anniversary of the “discovery” of the Cardiff Giant, which caused a stir throughout the United States. What’s the gypsum connection? You’ll find out in this brief and entertaining account of the madness at History.com.

via The Cardiff Giant Fools the Nation, 145 Years Ago — History in the Headlines.

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

October 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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