Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
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Happy Deceit Day

"At a meeting of the Geological Society of London on 18 December 1912, Charles Dawson claimed that a workman at the Piltdown gravel pit had given him a fragment of the skull four years earlier…. Woodward announced that a reconstruction of the fragments indicated that the skull was in many ways similar to that of a modern human, except for the occiput (the part of the skull that sits on the spinal column) and for brain size, which was about two-thirds that of a modern human. He went on to indicate that save for the presence of two human-like molar teeth, the jaw bone found would be indistinguishable from that of a modern, young chimpanzee. From the British Museum's reconstruction of the skull, [Arthur Smith Woodward, keeper of the geological department at the British Museum] proposed that Piltdown man represented an evolutionary missing link between apes and humans, since the combination of a human-like cranium with an ape-like jaw tended to support the notion then prevailing in England that human evolution began with the brain."
The Piltdown Man hoax—after the ideas of "God" and "happiness," the third greatest fraud to take advantage of the gullibility of man—was first perpetrated on this day one hundred years ago. What steaming pile of lies are you going to swallow today just because it is easier to do so than think critically? Tell us in the comments.

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LondonLee (#922)

Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson is a very (very) good novel based around the Piltdown hoax.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Yes, but what has all of this got to do with a wax statue of Julia Roberts?

carpetblogger (#306)

That there is a surge in national support for expanding access to mental health care, thus sparing us from any more crazy people getting guns.

hershmire (#233,671)

@carpetblogger A boy can dream.

roboloki (#1,724)

my baby is smart dammit!

BadUncle (#153)

Men should wear Spanx™.

America has its best years ahead.

Manifest Destiny

Twitter is a relevant source for reliable news.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I'm not going to die a virgin.

trenches (#219,719)

I have plenty of time to order from Amazon and Amazon has everything so I'm basically done because Amazon?!

misiekpl (#242,183)

That there is a surge in national support for expanding access to mental health care, e-papierosy thus sparing us from any more crazy people getting guns.

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