I just finished re-reading "choke" by chuck palahniuk and i forgot how awesome that book is.
It's about a med. school drop out who pretends to choke on food in hopes that the people who save him will feel responcible for his life and send him money. No matter how improbable it may seem it actually works. Anyways he uses this and other small cons to suport his lunatic mother. All n' all pretty friggin' awesome book.