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11 Famous People Who Never Actually Existed [Pic]

Hits: 12316 | Rating: (3.2) | Category: Weird | Added by: kitteh9lives
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CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 16949 Posts
Thursday, May 01, 2014 2:57:09 AM
Why not we just pretend, after the 2016 election, that Obama never actually existed?

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24880 Posts
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:58:25 PM
@broizfam: God isn't a "people" He's God.

You may make a claim for Jesus, but there's no evidence he did NOT exist, just theories.

Next you'll suggest "Bob Dobbs" didn't really exist! Pfft.

broizfam
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3340 Posts
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:25:46 PM
They left out God.

Ani187
Female, 30-39, Midwest US
 4542 Posts
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:52:01 PM
Carolyn Keene, author of the Nancy Drew series, also never existed. Like Franklin Dixon, Keene was actually several different writers.

RinjiHalfElf
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 339 Posts
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:26:33 PM
Funny, I had purchased a 1951 printing of 'Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook' last summer.
Some of the recipes had commentary about where the recipe was served, who made it, or who's favorite it was amongst the staff.

It also had a lot a little cute sayings, and info on how to make the perfect (insert item here) so I browsed it cover to cover.

I have to wonder if the company's director started taking on the persona of Betty Crocker as well.
The book did mention that a particular recipe was served by 'Betty herself' at a dinner party. I was always under the impression that Betty Crocker was fictitious. Why would the book mention all these people, and make up one person? I have my doubts.

QueenZira
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 2181 Posts
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:27:48 PM
I think Sun Tzu and Lao Tzu ought to get together for tea.

Lao Tzu is the purported founder of Taoism. Legend says in old age he determined to leave China on oxback (literally riding off into the sunset) when he was stopped at the westernmost gate and asked to write down all his collected wisdom, which became the Tao Te Ching.

The Tao Te Ching is a great bit of chill philosophy that thumbs its nose at Confucian ideas of morality and propriety every chance it gets and shakes up the status quo. In reality, it likely has the same genesis as The Art of War, many authors over time. But no less kicka$$ for it's history, again just like Art of War.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24880 Posts
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:17:36 PM
Thanks @captkava! It's a story so strange that if you made it up? No one would believe it.

It was used very effectively in the movie, iirc.

captkava
Male, 40-49, Europe
 257 Posts
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:12:25 AM
strange, my first thought at #2 was "its time for our william tell routine" from naked lunch.
then i read llaa & 5cats .....

well played gents.

fuzzysheep
Male, 18-29, Europe
 175 Posts
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:05:45 AM
Fun fact: Walter White does exist

som-tam
Male, 18-29, Asia
 645 Posts
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:40:17 AM
@mosterzero: I was under the impression that Homer was accepted a being real but not the original creator of those stories. Merely the first person to write it down, probably because he thought the resulting fame would go down well with the ladies.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24880 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 11:33:01 PM
@llaa: Thanks! I hadn't see either of those

I'll run this past @kitteh9 for a Friday or Saturday night movie:

Home Of The Brave (full)

@madduck: I'm in agreement that Pope Joan has more truth behind her than fiction. Sun Tzu is quite likely a composite of several writers, but together they're pretty darn smart!

Exterminator! Junky, Queer. All three are short but packed with, um... STUFF!

madduck
Female, 50-59, Europe
 5589 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 11:04:48 PM
Most of these I knew- or simply had not heard of, Sun Tzu is one where I had heard the argument, and to be fair I have read some interesting ideas about Pope Joan (verdict- most likely fictional but with a grain of truth in there). then I have at least one friend who believes completely in all the Arthurian legends and gets REALLY angry when you explain, but then she gets upset when I don't believe in Angels either.

llaa
Male, 30-39, Western US
 1054 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 10:13:39 PM
@5Cats

Yup and thanks! I've tried to show people how brilliant cut ups are, but so many are afraid of the hidden discovery within their writer's frame of mind that they become uncomfortable with its results.

Thank you for the breakdown! I'll start with Exterminator and go on...

I know its past TG, but I always liked this one

Oh and this awesome Ministry video directed by Sleazy (ex-TG, Re-TG, Ex-Alive). Just One Fix

monsterzero
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 344 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 9:59:16 PM
Historians believe that Homer also did not exist and the Iliad and the Odyssey were written by multiple authors.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24880 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 9:17:25 PM
@llaa: "Cut Up" is hard to pull off! Many have tried, but it takes a combination of creativity and "sticking to what you find" eh?

His BEST work is "Junky", it's sheer genius. 'Understated' is an understatement! More is written in between the lines than can be described here.

Exterminator! Is a very good collection of his short stories, riveting reading!

His other novels are interesting, but other than Junky and Queer I'd recommend his short stories.

Naked Lunch contains bits and pieces of other works (or vice-versa!) and while the movie did a VERY good job? It's a bit too inconsistent for me to rate it as his best novel.

His vocal work is excellent! Any recording of him performing is worth watching / listening to.

Laurie Anderson's "Home Of The Brave" features not only WSB's works? He makes an appearance too!


llaa
Male, 30-39, Western US
 1054 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 8:40:59 PM
@5Cats

I'm a HUGE fan of his cut-up method and style of writing. I havent read any other novels outside of Naked Lunch, but what drew me to his work was the film adaptation. But Ive read much of his articles, interviews and film cameos, he's got a real queer mind. :) I'll have to check out "Queer".

CodeJockey
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 5055 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 6:04:42 PM
"I do feed on the blood of Duncan Hines employees. And what's wrong with Gertrude? My mother was named Gertrude..."

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24880 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 5:25:39 PM
William Tell and Robin Hood are loosely based on real people, but yeah they didn't actually exist.

@llaa: It's a true fact! It was a .45...
He chronicles it in "Queer" (iirc) and other books too. Huge WSB fan here! I have a copy of one of his rarest books Not worth much, but it's cool!
(Cobble Stone Gardens - poetry)

You a fan?

AGit
Male, 30-39, Europe
 941 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 5:05:22 PM
"ruin one of mel brooks greatest films"

Please tell me you are joking. Or 10.

llaa
Male, 30-39, Western US
 1054 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 4:56:23 PM
I know the W.S. Burroughs killed his wife in Mexico during a drunken William Tell re-enactment with a handgun.

bompa1997
Male, 60-69, Western US
 84 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 4:26:38 PM
My childhood was just ruined...I LOVED the Hardy Boys and now I learn that Franklin W. Dixon is not real...awww man.

kitteh9lives
Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1424 Posts
Monday, April 28, 2014 11:36:28 AM
Link: 11 Famous People Who Never Actually Existed [Pic] [Rate Link] - We know their names. We know their faces. But do you know they were never alive?


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