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  • I love the tale of Prester John; such a fascinating myth.

    I would highly recommend Baudolino, a novel by Umberto Eco. It is about a man who involves himself in a sizeable amount of European history in the 12th century, becoming directly involved and responsible for many historical moments. And the main thrust of the story is him searching for Prester John. Amazingly intelligent literature from Mr Eco, which also manages to be highly readable!

  • lucy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cimrman – what about him? one of the greatest czech playwrights, poets, composers, teachers, travellers, philosophers, inventors, detectives, mathematicians, politicians, lovers and sportsmen that never existed. 🙂

  • ANON

    What about the most loved and famous American hero, Forrest Gump?

  • SirFatty

    What about Super Greg (#1)?

  • Nicole

    Why wasn’t Paige Railstone on the list?

  • What about DJ Paige Railstone? She was invented by the vlogbrothers in order to mess with 20Q and convince it that she is a real person.

  • timmy the dying boy

    Super Dave Osbourne!

  • LeoMG

    I would have thought Chris Gaines would have surely made this list.

  • What about this guy? Captain Flange is huge in Australia.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Flange/470349345482

  • Steven Spielborscht

    Re David Manning….The planting of phony raves by phony reviewers is still very common in Hollywood. In fact, the discovery of “Manning” only served to make the studios more clever in creating phony hype, but it is absolutely still done all the time.

  • Dewayne Wayne

    One of the characters in “Hitch” was named Allegra Cole (played opposite Kevin James’ character). Im pretty sure #7 was the inspiration for that character.

  • Stephen Newton

    Dame Edna Everage (aka Barry Humphreys)

  • I would think this list needs an update now, with the uncovering of the GayGirlinDamascus proving it to be a hoax!

  • Peter Boucher

    At one time I had a beautiful leather bound edition of George Plimpton’s “The Curious Case Of Sidd Finch and was signed by Plimpton himself with a letter of authenticity. I bought it a yard sale for $1.00. Six months later, I put an ad in the classifieds and tried to sell it. I sold it for $50.00………I should have kept it………Oh Well