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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Live Science Presents: The World's Greatest Hoaxes

Tawana Bradley, Alan Sokal's academic hoax in which a prominent leftist cultural studies journal published a text of intentional mumbo-jumbo believing it to be serious theory, and more, including the Mary Toft bunny rape! (and by the way, I looked up "dumb oracle" so you don't have to):

In 1726 England, a young woman named Mary Toft told a neighbor that she had been sexually assaulted by a huge rabbit while weeding a nearby field. Her story was dismissed as a bizarre delusion until six months later a doctor was called to her bedside. According to his published report, the woman gave birth to five bunnies! While news of the strange birth spread throughout England and Europe, Toft gave birth to a few more rabbits, astounding many learned men of the day...

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