Euphonia was a bizarre sight to behold: a machine bearing a disembodied woman's head attached to bellows that reportedly spoke with a "sepulchral" voice. But it was also the most advanced talking machine of its day, one that may have links to the invention of the telephone.
In the latter half of the 1800s, a giant was found in rural New York. It fooled nearly no one, for nearly no amount of time, but it is one of the more famous hoaxes in history. It served as an annoyance for most, and a business opportunity for some.