Doomed to Ignominy

‘Ignominy’. There’s a word I don’t use enough around here. Anyhow, Neatorama has assembled a list of 10 scientific frauds that rocked the world. My favourite are the Tasadays:

If you’re thinking it’s impossible that such an isolated group could exist in the Philippines as late as the 1970s, you’re right. It turns out that their “discoverer,” PANAMIN (Private Association National Minorities) secretary Manuel Elizalde Jr., paid local farmers to live in the caves, take off their clothes, and appear Stone Age. In return he gave them money and security from counterinsurgency and tribal fighting.

A bonus link, Neatorama also pointed me to this account of dragging a World War II tank out of a lake. With muddy, muddy photos.


  1. …The tank is in remarkable condition, not even rusty. Which makes me wonder, can museums possibly preserve things as well as natural environments? No matter how well we house these items now, are we not just hastening their destruction? Is the knowledge we gain from them worth it?…

  2. Thanks for the link to the article. Looks interesting.

    As for Derek’s comment, metal requires oxygen to rust. It actually takes a longer time to occur under water. After it comes out of the water, the process speeds up quite a bit – from what I’ve heard. I’m no science expert.

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