10 Worst Lies in History

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P.T. Barnum’s circus of frauds

Phineas Taylor Barnum made a show of fantastical acts that was extremely beloved by millions of people. However, if you had the chance to get a backstage pass to the Greatest Show on Earth, you would only discover that Mr. Barnum made all his money off of white lies, embellishments, and exploitation.

Joice Heth was an elderly Black woman who has been enslaved, and she was the first one he exploited to amuse others. Even if slavery was outlawed in New York during the time he lived there, he still managed to find a loophole and “leased” the woman for one year for $1,000 from someone he knew.

Then, he paraded her all over the place, claiming that she was the 161-year-old former nurse of George Washington. After she died, he went even further, performing a live autopsy on her so he can prove she was only 84 years old.

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5 thoughts on “10 Worst Lies in History”

  1. Aunt's friend Of Mine

    Daniel, knows many through the Seven Hills in Aurora.
    As threading pulled from a jacket seam curly quicker wit.

    :Mundane plains drifter.
    :status:

  2. EXCELLENT ARTICLE. I HAVE HEARD OF MANY OF THESE DURING MY LIFE AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER. THE WORST ONES ARE THE POLITICAL LIES THAT PROBABLY INFLICT MORE DAMAGE AND SUFFERING TO ALL MANKIND THAT ALL THE OTHER CATEGORIES COMBINED. MY FATHER TOLD ME OVER SIXTY FIVE YEARS AGO THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU LIKE ANY GIVEN POLITICAL FIGURE, YOU CAN NEVER TRUST ANYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS. HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN AS HE WAS DEEPLY INVOLVED IN LOCAL POLITICS AT THE LOCAL AND STATE LEVEL AND WAS PRETTY MUCH DISGUSTED WITH THE SYSTEM IN HIS LATER YEARS.

  3. HItler was right! Jews were and still are the enemy of society and now globally. They own every centural bank in the world, news stations, Hollywood, TV shows and all to control and manipulate the world.

  4. I am having trouble understanding how the 1919 Black Sox scandal qualifies as a “lie,” or the Cuban missile crisis.
    That’s two of the first three: time to quit.

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