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Take, for example, George Washington’s youthful proclamation on the lumberjacking of his father’s cherry tree – “I cannot tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet.” It’s one of the first presidential facts American children learn in elementary school. The trouble is, that story is a complete fabrication.

Phe-nom-nom-nom

You say potato, I say a dangerous tuber that people will only eat in the face of actual starvation. You say tomato, I say a poison apple from the mysterious new world that’s killing the aristocracy.


In The Name of Science

From a lone example of a trilobite in Hunan, China named Han Solo to a butterfly pea flower reminiscent of a Georgia O’Keefe painting, called clitoria ternatea, the naming of species offers almost as much in the way of entertainment as it does scientific classification.

Shenanigans!

From rainbow parties to Spiritualism to two bands touring as a band they’re not, we take a look at some noteworthy hoaxes and false panics.