If you haven\u2019t seen that story about the German woman who faked her wedding to get back at her ex-lover, read it immediately if not sooner. You never know what other scams occurred during the COVID lockdown. We\u2019re probably sending gifts to people who were pretending to get married or have babies or graduate from college. I should have asked for proof. I just sent a check, and now I\u2019m wondering, \u201cDid my nephew REALLY get a diploma? Did my friend\u2019s daughter actually have that baby or was it borrowed so she could put pictures on Facebook?\u201d Where\u2019s Censor-in-Chief Marcus Zuckerberg when we need him and his merry pranksters, those zealous fact-checkers? I\u2019ve heard of fake news, but this is the first time I\u2019ve heard of fake nuptials. Here\u2019s a recap: Sarah Vilard, 24, of Frankfurt put videos and photos on social media of herself in a flowing wedding gown, holding hands with her reputed new husband, who turned out to be an actor for hire. Her TikTok video was watched by several million people. I hope none sent gifts. She hatched the scheme after breaking up with her boyfriend. Then, she rented a villa and got her friends to pretend to be bridesmaids. Her ex-boyfriend was so shocked he reached out to her, but she wanted revenge, not reconciliation. I have four daughters and I wish they faked their weddings. It would have saved me a lot of money and prevented several hundred family arguments. (Not to digress, but the feminist movement was supposed to be about equality and equity so why, as the father of the brides, was I expected to foot the bill? Don\u2019t answer. It\u2019s too late anyway.) When I first read Sarah\u2019s story, I thought, \u201cGeez, this girl is bonkers.\u201d Then, I realized it was a stroke of genius and there\u2019s a lesson for everyone, regardless of whether you\u2019re married, single, divorced or celibate. Whether you\u2019re Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, J.Lo or A-Rod. With all the heartbreak J.Lo endured after her breakup from A-Rod, I suspect she may be planning a fake wedding with Ben Affleck. For me, the lesson is: Fantasy is more fun than reality. Faking is an American institution, especially since the advent of social media, where people fake everything from their body parts to their academic achievements, their annual income and their deaths. Over the years, there have been countless reports of fake deaths, from Scott Baio to Beyonc\u00e9, Hillary Clinton, Jackie Chan, Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Sylvester Stallone and the perennial victim, Abe Vigoda, who\u2019s really dead now. The granddaddy of them all was Mark Twain, who reassured his readers, \u201cThe reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.\u201d After reading about Sarah, I\u2019ve come up with a scheme of my own. I\u2019m going to fake winning a Pulitzer Prize. That\u2019s right. I\u2019m already recruiting barflies from a local saloon to pretend they\u2019re Pulitzer judges, and I\u2019ll videotape the awards ceremony, where they\u2019ll present me with a Pulitzer Prize for investigative humor writing. And you, loyal readers, are invited to the virtual after-party at the White House. Another winner will be New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who will be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his book \u201cAmerican Crisis: Leadership Lessons.\u201d I also suspect Donald Trump would love to get the Nobel Peace Prize for crafting those Mideast accords. You see, there are plenty of awards and special events for everybody. This could become a cottage industry with the help of social media, where everything is fake or exaggerated, especially those bloated resumes on LinkedIn and the enhanced celebrity butts and bosoms on Instagram. We can also pay tribute to Hollywood, the epicenter of fakery. Many actors who never got an Oscar deserve something, even if it\u2019s a rubber replica of Gumby. The notable nominees include Glenn Close, Samuel Jackson, Amy Adams, Tom Cruise ... and Marilyn Monroe. If we have a fake Oscars ceremony on TikTok, I bet it will get millions more viewers than the actual Academy Awards did. This is just the beginning. Who knows where it will lead. Do you want an Emmy or a Grammy? It doesn\u2019t matter if you can\u2019t sing. Neither could Milli Vanilli. They faked it and got a Grammy. We can even fake the Kentucky Derby, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and uhh oh ... the presidential election. Everyone\u2019s a winner! Sarah, see what you started? Joe Pisani can be reached at email@example.com.