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Dan's Papers' Top 10 Hamptons Hoaxes

From faux Sarah Palin sightings to bullshit shark attacks, the founding editor of Dan's Papers breaks down his favorite "gotcha" moments.

July 22, 2010

Dan's Papers—the Hamptons' weekly which chronicles the goings on about town of the ritzy East Coast vacation spot—celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, honoring a legacy of publishing hard-hitting reportage, intimate celebrity profiles, and a number of highly memorable hoaxes. The first prank in 1963 that founding editor Dan Rattiner inflicted on his unsuspecting readers was actually an earnest mistake. After having incorrectly printed the timetable of trains in the paper, he received a call from the stationmaster. "He said, 'There's a crowd of people down here, waiting for a train that doesn't exist,'" recalls Dan. "It made me realize that I could do things that would get the whole town talking about us." Now the Hoaxer of the Hamptons walks us through 10 of his favorite printed pranks.

Man Gets $20,000 Parking Ticket (1975)

"Every day it doubled. He doesn't care. He just wants to swim without having to buy a beach sticker."

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