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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The worms inside your face
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Marry Our Daughter, 2007
The website MarryOurDaughter.com appeared online in September 2007. It claimed to be "an introduction service assisting those following the Biblical tradition of arranging marriages for their Daughters." In plainer language, it purported to be a service that would arrange marriages between underage girls and older husbands.

The site pointed out that it is legal in many states for underage girls to marry older men: "Within the United States girls can marry as young as 13 years old with parental permission, and the Bride Price is a custom of long standing, mentioned many times in the Bible, and as such is a protected religious practice." This is true.

The site quickly attracted millions of viewers and generated an angry response. However, the site was actually a satire created by John Ordover, who claimed to be trying to draw attention to the strange childhood marriage laws that exist in many states.
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