Tom Thumb’s baby not a hoax?
It says here that in a recently aired BBC documentary, The Real Tom Thumb, historian John Gannon argues that Tom Thumb's baby may not have been a hoax, even though Tom Thumb's wife Lavinia confessed it was a hoax in her autobiography. The article cites certain "paper evidence" that suggests the baby may actually have been the natural child of Tom and Lavinia.
Sounds like an interesting argument. Unfortunately I can't watch the documentary as it won't stream for people outside the UK. Hopefully it'll be available in the future on Netflix or YouTube.
The obvious question is how did Lavinia give birth to a normal-sized baby?