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10 of the Biggest Lies in History



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10 of the Biggest Lies in History

Post by Kitkat on Tue 19 May 2015, 14:10

According to myth, a young George Washington confessed to cutting down a cherry tree by proclaiming, "I cannot tell a lie." The story is testament to how much respect Americans have for their cherished first president and honesty in general. Unfortunately, in the annals of history it seems there are 10 dishonest scoundrels for every honorable hero like Washington.

Supposedly, the truth can set you free. But for many, deceit holds the key to money, fame, revenge or power, and these prove all too tempting. In history, this has often resulted in elaborate hoaxes, perjuries, and forgeries that had enormous ripple effects.

In the following pages, we'll go over some of the most colossal and significant lies in history. Although such a list can't be comprehensive, we sought to include a variety of lies that influenced politics, science and even art. As a result of these, lives were lost, life-savings destroyed, legitimate research hampered and -- most of all -- faith in our fellow man shattered.

1.  The Big Lie: Nazi Propaganda

2.  Watergate

3.  Clinton/Lewinsky Affair

4.  The Dreyfus Affair

5.  Piltdown Man

6.  Titus Oates and the Plot to Kill Charles II

7.  Anna Anderson, Alias Anastasia

8.  Bernie Madoff's Ponzi Scheme

9.  Han van Meegeren's Vermeer Forgeries

10.  The Trojan Horse

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