Many of the stories in this book were published in recent times, but pranks stories are hardly a modern day event. Benjamin Franklin produced a series of prank articles, "The Silence Dogood Letters," which appeared in the New England Courant in 1722. Numerous prank articles were published in the 19th century including a series of articles by the New York Sun that would become known as the "Great Moon Hoax of 1835." "The Miraculous Bullet" appeared in a Kentucky medical journal shortly after the U. S. Civil War. It was a hoax that some still believed true well into the 1950s.
Pranks in Print has thirty-six stories that tell the story of these and other notorious fake Stories, phony ads and media mischief.
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About the Author
He has published three other books: Awe-Full Moments: Spirituality in the Commonplace; Holy Humor; It Made a Difference to that One. He has co-authored two other books with Robert W. Pelton, Bible Oddities and Women in the Bible. For fifteen years he authored the day-by-day calendar, Legal Lunacies, published by Andrews McMeel, Inc.