In 1729 Jonathan Swift wrote a satirical short story suggesting that the Irish eat their own children to keep them from being a burden to their parents or country.
This story was well-written. Though the idea of eating children is absurd (right?), he could have fooled idiots into thinking otherwise.
If you haven't read it and would like to, you can check it out here: http://art-bin.com/art/omodest.html
Anyways, what do you think of it?