Jonathan Swift wrote a proposal in which the narrator satirically suggests that the problem of starvation in Ireland could be resolved by eating Irish children. It's an interesting piece. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1080/1080-h/1080-h.htm Of course, I'm sure there were some who said they found nothing funny in children being eaten and who wondered why he was joking about it. But I'm sure he got his point across. The essay is still being discussed 280 years later. It's a good read.