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"Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries"

Here’s a hint – if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.

The Great Stalin Plan for the Transformation of Nature

Moron or Madman?

in which science is subordinated to politics

Trofim D. Lysenko (1898-1976) set back the study of biology in the Soviet Union for two generations -- but the lessons you should learn from his story are not the one scientists and philosophers have pushed. Read More...

Categories: Biography, History, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Science & Nature, Series 7, The Marvels of Science

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"Prince" Michael Keyfor Mills

Exceeding Great

that's Ezekiel 9:9 for those of you reading along at home

How many times will folks fall for the same old tricks? You might be surprised. The story of Prince Mike, King Ben, and the Houses of Israel and David. Read More...

Categories: Biography, Eccentrics & Prophecies, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, People & Places, Series 5

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Laura Biggar cigarette card

Pleadings from Asbury Park

a fake marriage, a dead baby, and 21 absinthe frappes

The amazing story of Laura Biggar, the Anna Nicole Smith of 1901, and her crazy plot to steal an inheritance that may or may not have been rightfully hers. Read More...

Categories: Biography, History, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 4

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Ann O'Delia Diss Debar

Spirit Princess

one woman, thirty aliases, forty years and too many crimes to count

The greatest and most notorious Spiritualist swindler of all time was a woman from Kentucky who looked a bit like Lola Montez (if you squinted). Read More...

Categories: Biography, History, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Series 3

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