It's often said that there's no such thing as bad publicity, but good luck selling that idea to the celebrities on this list. Here are three famous people who were surprised to find their names at the center of tragic stories.
#3. Osama Bin Laden Was Obsessed With Whitney Houston
Some stars never catch a break from the tabloids. For example, just two short days after her untimely passing, a major news outlet reminded us that Osama Bin Laden, one of the most despised terrorist figures in the entire world, was obsessed with Whitney Houston. Like in a sex way.
Building an isolated personal utopia is an endeavor typically reserved for Dr. Doom. However, it turns out there are several private cities currently in development that were seemingly designed for the sheer purpose of inflating one or more egos, to be built with the brick and mortar of unbridled lunacy.
#3. The Citadel Project
The goal of the Citadel Project is to build a giant walled compound in rural Idaho where every citizen is required to carry a gun, because Escape from New York apparently didn't do enough to demonstrate the catastrophic folly of this line of thinking.
We're assuming the Farmers Market is just a gun store with organic tomatoes.
Crazy people will pronounce themselves ruler of the Sovereign Nation of Tittyfartsylvania or President of Madeuplandington with some regularity. What is more stunning is when actual governments choose to recognize the borders of Tittyfartsylvania and send diplomats to negotiate peace terms.
#4. The Principality of Outer Baldonia
The Principality of Outer Baldonia sprang into being in the 1940s, when a Pepsi lobbyist named Russell Arundel negotiated its purchase for $750, because it's not like he was going to spend that money feeding the homeless.
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"Eh, I'm a Coke guy anyway."