He's 137 years old today (October 16). The Washington Post reports
On Oct. 16, 1869, workers in Cardiff, New York, dug up what they thought was a 10-foot-tall petrified man. The Cardiff Giant was big, all right -- a big hoax. A year earlier, George Hull paid $2,600 to have the giant made, then buried on a farm. Even after Hull admitted the hoax, people wanted to see it. They still do: The Cardiff Giant has been displayed in Cooperstown, New York, since 1948.
Of course, I have much more info about "Old Hoaxy" in the Gallery of Hoaxes
. I still think I must be the only person who's ever gone to Cooperstown, New York
just to see the Cardiff Giant, without ever bothering to set foot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.