Comment: A stunning example of governmental efficiency

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A stunning example of governmental efficiency

Imagine, this government institution, the Smithsonian, manages to "disappear" every single example of a giant skeleton found over at least three continents and hundreds of years. Hundreds of examples reported in the newspapers and elsewhere, and every last one of them so efficiently hunted down and eradicated that not even a single fragment remains to be analyzed by modern scientific techniques. Has any other government institution ever approached this level of perfect efficiency?

Or maybe Mark Twain was right in his exposé of what he called the "petrifaction mania" that filled the newspapers at the time. Sadly he was unsuccessful, because people were so eager to read that kind of story in the newspapers that his spoof, full of inaccuracies intended to make the parody clear, was reported seriously alongside all the other reports of non-existent skeletons.