By Deane Barker on September 28, 2006

History of a Victorian Era Robot: This was an elaborate hoax back in 2002, apparently.

Boilerplate was a mechanical man developed by Professor Archibald Campion during the 1880s and unveiled at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

According to the Wikipedia page, teachers use this an example of why not to believe everything you read on the Internet.