The New International Encyclopædia/Cardiff Giant
CARDIFF GIANT. A rude statue of a man 10½ feet high, cut (in Chicago) from a block of gypsum sent from Ohio. It was secretly buried near the village of Cardiff, Onondaga County, N. Y., where it was declared to have been found in October, 1869. It was exhibited with great success for several months as ‘a petrified giant,’ deceiving even some men of science. The fraud was finally confessed.