Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
REPUBLICAN CONVENTION MUST BAN BREASTFEEDING NOW:
Over 200,000 American citizens have signed a petition urging Congress to declare breastfeeding unlawful. This primitive ritual has and continues to be a violation of babies' civil rights. It's an incestuous relationship with mothers leading to moral decay. Women enjoy an erotic experience that imposes oral gratification on innocent infants after birth. Their reprehensible behavior teaches children illicit sex, subsequently manifesting addiction to promiscuity. Republicans: choose a candidate who supports our cause!
Tess Hennessy, Founder-Director
Citizens Against Breast-Feeding
P.O. Box 55741
Phoenix, AZ 85078
New York Office: (212) 330-7675
Origins: If pranksters such as Joey Skaggs have taught as anything, it should be for us to be properly skeptical of questionable organizations formed for outrageous purposes, and this one is a case in point. The notion that some group wants to pass laws outlawing breast-feeding because it violates "babies' civil rights," creates an "unlawful, incestuous relationship" between infants and mothers, "offensively imposes oral gratification on innocent infants" should sound too absurd to be true. And in this case, it is too absurd to be true.
Planting "protesters" at widely-coverered events to garner media attention and setting up official-sounding greetings on answering machines to dupe the curious are common hoaxing techniques employed by masters of the art like Joey Skaggs and Alan Abel, and this group has followed their playbook. People recruited for the "Ban Breast-Feeding Now" campaign paraded around with signs and
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Cerabino, Frank. "From Anti-Breast-Feeders to Roaches: Convention Draws America's Oddest." The Palm Beach Post . 1 August 2000.