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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
A black lion: real or fake?
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
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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