Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Prospectus of the famous Lacon, Illinois, Cat and Rat Ranch


We are starting a cat ranch in Lacon with 100,000 cats. Each cat will average twelve kittens a year. The cat skins will sell for thirty cents each. One hundred men can skin 5,000 cats a day.
We figure a daily net profit of over $10,000.

 Now what shall we feed the cats? We will start a rat ranch next door with 1,000,000 rats. The rats will breed twelve times faster than the cats. So we will have four rats to feed each day to each cat.

Now what shall we feed the rats? We will feed the rats the carcasses of the cats after they have been skinned. Now Get This!

We feed the rats to the cats and the cats to the rats and get the skins for nothing.

(This hoax was carried by every newspaper in the United States, in 1875)

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