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Imaginary Friends: 5 Really Successful People Who Never Really Existed

These five people didn’t let not being real stop them from making a name for themselves. 1. The Dream Student George P. Burdell was a man born of a simple mistake. In 1927, someone in the admissions office at Georgia Tech accidentally sent student Ed Smith two registration forms instead of one. Sensing an opportunity for mischief, [...]

Really Successful People Who Never Actually Existed

THE DREAM STUDENT A store in Georgia Tech’s student center is named for Burdell. (Image credit: Wikipedia user Disavian) George P. Burdell was a man born of a simple mistake. In 1927, someone in the admissions office at Georgia Tech accidentally sent student Ed Smith two registration forms instead of one. Sensing an opportunity for mischief, Smith filled [...]

Top 10 Famous People Who Didn’t Actually Exist

History is full of hoaxes, and that includes people who aren’t really people. These “people” are handy, because they can be used as sources, they can be quoted, and they can be blamed. Because they don’t exist, they won’t mind! Film fans and critics often rail against so-called “quote whores”—reviewers who are willing to write a [...]