Quackery from the Past You Have to See to Believe

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Woo Is Timeless

Quackery has been around since the human race discovered disease and began probing methods of curing it. To the snake oil salesman, it doesn't matter if something works; it just matters if you can convince people to buy it!

Cranks and crackpots have been plying their unsavory trade for centuries, making money off the gullibility and misfortune of others. Many of their efforts materialized into wacky contraptions. The Museum of Questionable Devices collected these artifacts and put them on display, where visitors could rightfully laugh at them and learn to be skeptical.

In 2002, the collection was donated to the Science Museum of Minnesota. What follows is a selection of some of the craziest quackery of the past century.

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