Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: An organization called 'Citizens Against Breast-Feeding' is petitioning Congress to outlaw breast-feeding.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
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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