Lost Limbs Foundation

Saturday, February 23, 2013

GIANT find in 1897

Your Daily Giant 2/22/2013


"Line up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Pay your money and see the 8 foot freak. First we thought it was a Mastodon skeleton then realized it was a prehistoric giant that roamed the land in Ancient times. Buy some Dr. Johnson's cure all nerve tonic while you are at it." Well, not really. Today's headline splashing hoax to sell newspapers is found buried on page 4 of the Ohio Daily Public Ledger May 31, 1897. Like so many accounts it is matter of fact and would bore the reader to tears if it did not mention that one of the skeletons was 8 feet tall. Dr. Loveberry of the OSU museum found the skeletons. My guess is that one of the qualifications of being the Head Anthropologist of a prestigious institution was the ability to work a tape measure.
Your Daily Giant  2/22/2013


"Line up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Pay your money and see the 8 foot freak. First we thought it was a Mastodon skeleton then realized it was a prehistoric giant that roamed the land in Ancient times. Buy some Dr. Johnson's cure all nerve tonic while you are at it." Well, not really. Today's headline splashing hoax to sell newspapers is found buried on page 4 of the Ohio Daily Public Ledger May 31, 1897. Like so many accounts it is matter of fact and would bore the reader to tears if it did not mention that one of the skeletons was 8 feet tall. Dr. Loveberry of the OSU museum found the skeletons. My guess is that one of the qualifications of being the Head Anthropologist of a prestigious institution was the ability to work a tape measure.