Humbug! Hoaxes, Charlatans, and Pseudoscience of the 19th Century

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The 19th Century was the golden age of pseudoscience. Or was it?

Presented by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike.

P.T.Barnum was the “Prince of Humbug” but he never once claimed that the lies he was presenting were anything other than pure entertainment. Plenty of other people, however, were not so reputable and the hoaxes they promulgated continue to this day.


Zebulon Vitruvius Pike is a gentleman adventurer, mercenary explorer, dime novel hero and veteran of the late unpleasantness. After serving in the US Aeroship Cavalry and as special agent to the President, Pike left government service to travel the world. When not saving civilization as we know it from science pirates, abominations of nature and invaders from the beyond, Professor Vitruvius occasionally lectures on topics of interest in history, science and technology. Meanwhile, in the unforeseeable future, Kevin Geiselman has been attending, running and presenting at science fiction conventions for several decades. And while he considers himself a writer of not insignificant skill, he has yet to be formally published.


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