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Fiji Mermaid
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    Once believed to be a mummified mermaid
    Actually the head and torso of a monkey sewn onto a fish tail
    Probably made in 1810 by a Japanese fisherman
    Exhibited by P.T. Barnum
    Allegedly destroyed when Barnum’s museum burned down in 1865
    It was supposedly captured in 1842 by a British scientist (in reality Barnum’s accomplice).
    It was falsely advertised as having the top half of a beautiful, bare chested woman.
    P.T. Barnum didn’t actually own it—he just rented it from another showman.
    It inspired hundreds of similar fake mermaid exhibits, including Robert Ripley's.
    Not everyone was fooled: a Southern newspaper dismissed it as a ‘Yankee’ hoax.
    Similar mermaids were used in religious ceremonies in the Far East.
    Harvard University’s Peabody Museum claims to have the original exhibit.
    It appeared in a popular episode of 'The X-Files.'

Credit: Georgina

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