A far cry from England, this was found in Cardiff, New York State in October 1869, workers who were digging a wall came upon stone man 10 foot tall on the land of William C Newell. Farmer ‘Stub’ Newell began charging 50 cents a time to gaze upon the petrified person.

Who was the Cardiff Giant? Or what… some of the Christian folk turned to their bibles, a giant mentioned in the Book of Genesis, and others wondered if the giant man was turned to stone by witchcraft. Other declared that he might well be a statue made by the Christian Missionaries that landed there, to awe the local Indians.

The Cardiff Giant was soon revealed as a hoax. George Hull was an atheist who conspired with stone masons and Nevell to produce the statue. It was aimed entirely at the folks in the Bible Belt as a joke. In November 1868, Hull had the giant figure secretly buried on Newell’s farm. A year of patience passed to ensure that the locals would not connect the wagon with the find, the digging them commenced when they called in the workers. Hull recouped his money and more when local worthies brought the giant and exhibited it at the city of Syracuse.

Showman P T Barnum made a bid for the stone giant but was refused, instead he displayed a plaster copy. The copy drew more spectators than the original and can be found in the Farmer’s Museum at Cooperstown, New York State.

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