Famous Frauds by LuskT

Champion(s):

VaccaD
Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?


Runner(s)-Up:

LaudermithM


Quiz Description

They fooled the world for a while - will they fool you? Twelve questions about scams, hoaxes, and other people who tried to "beat the system."

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Questions:

This historical marker commemorates what fraudulent archaeological discovery? P.T. Barnum once offered $50,000 for it and then created a copy when he could not obtain the original.

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Cardiff Giant

Pierre Plantard was the chief perpetrator and supposed Grand Master of what invented organization that claimed, among other things, that Jesus may not have died on the Cross and sired a family that eventually became the Merovingian dynasty in France? It features prominently in a 1982 "non-fiction" work that later inspired The Da Vinci Code.

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Priory of Sion (Prieuré de Sion)

Cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths were behind the fake images of the Cottingley Fairies, which famously fooled what author? He used the photos to illustrate an article on fairies he had been commissioned to write for The Strand Magazine in 1920.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Due to a hoax perpetrated in Fort Collins, Colorado in October 2009, Falcon Heene was bestowed with what alliterative nickname by the media?

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Balloon Boy

Who fooled the world - and more importantly, Oprah Winfrey - with his largely concocted memoir A Million Little Pieces?

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James Frey

In the Simpsons episode "Lisa the Skeptic," a skeleton of an angel turns out to be a plant that is used to advertise the opening of what type of business? Surprisingly, Bart has nothing do to with these shenanigans.

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Shopping Mall

George Psalmanazar famously convinced many 19th century Brits that he was the first native of what island to visit Europe? To the surprise of no one, the "language" he developed as part of his ruse bore no resemblance to any of the Austronesian dialects that were native to the island prior to annexation by the Qing dynasty.

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Formosa / Taiwan

Farmer Basilio Uschuya has admitted to creating what anachronistic artifacts that showed carved images of dinosaurs and other features that would not have been known in pre-Columbian South America?

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Ica Stones

Cobalt is one of the many online scams that have proliferated in recent years, promising "get rich quick" results by automating and optimizing what activity?

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Stock Trading

Which pitcher famously threw a perfect game in the 2001 Little League World Series, the first since 1979, and had a pitch speed equivalent to 103 mph on a full-size field? Unfortunately, he did so at the age of 14, which meant he was ineligible to play Little League and thus his Bronx team was stripped of its third-place finish in the tournament.

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Danny Almonte

John McNamara, a con artist who secured $6 billion in loans from GMAC as part of a Ponzi scheme, may have been the inspiration for Jerry Lundegaard to do the same in what 1996 movie? As with any scam, the problems only escalate once they start, don'cha know?

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Fargo

Which LLama is notorious for being the only one to date to complete a perfect LL season - 150 for 150? He failed to live up to his impressive lifetime statistics at the 2014 LL Rundle Championship and has not been heard from since.

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Saha