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posted February 25, 2009 @ 1:41 AM  |  Fun Facts category

The famous channel swimming hoax, carried out to show how easily such a thing could be faked without proper supervision, took place October 10-11, 1927. Dr. Dorothy Cochrane Logan, a young British physician, disappeared into the surf at Cape Gris Nez, France, and reappeared 13 hours, 13 minutes later at Folkestone, England. Her record apparently had beaten that of Gertrude Ederle set the year before and the young woman was given a prize offered by a British newspaper. A few days later, however, she announced that the whole thing had been a fraud, that she had swum only the first and last few miles and that she and her trainer had plotted the hoax to prove how simply the world could be fooled. Both she and her trainer were fined, but for perjury not fraud.

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