The Cardiff giant is a famous hoax dating back to the mid-1800’s, New York City, USA, and was supposed to be the petrified remains of a giant human man that was discovered by a construction workers.
The giant was thought to have a connection to the biblical book of Genesis, however in actuality was determined to be a distressed stone sculpture that had been personally commissioned (with no expense spared) by a man named George Hull.
(From the Farmers museum website)
He did plan to make back the money shelled out on his investment by charging civilians 50 cents per person to view his creation, eventually selling the giant for a massive profit.
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