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Mary Tofts with one of her rabbitsImage of Mary Tofts from James Caulfield. Portraits, Memoirs, and Characters, of Remarkable Persons, from the Revolution in 1688 to the End of the reign of George II: Collected from the Most Authentic Accounts Extant.
London: T. H. Whitely, 1819-20.

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Even amateur scammers are accorded notoriety, if not respect.  Here, for example, is Mary Tofts, who in 1726 deceived a number of eminent physicians and surgeons by pretending she had given birth to rabbits on more than one occasion.  She apparently hoped to support herself as a sensation, but her deception was exposed before she earned anything beyond publicity.

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