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16/10/1869 The Cardiff Giant is "discovered"

The Cardiff Giant was a 10-foot-tall purported "petrified man" found by workers digging a well near the barn of William Newell in Cardiff. It was the creation of a New York tobacconist named George Hull who decided to create it after an argument at a Methodist revival meeting about Genesis 6:4 stating that there were giants who once lived on Earth.

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