Some random nobody managed to get $55,000 for potato salad, and the following celebrities still failed miserably to reach their goals.
Today's cautionary tales of excess aren't inventions of modern Hollywood. This kind of thing has actually been going on forever.
These people were plucked out of obscurity, turned into memes, and became mega internet famous. So what happened next?
The thick veil of money and fame that separates celebrities from the normal world often causes them to believe that they're experts at pretty much everything.
Sometimes an artistic genius has a weak spot right in their chosen field, and we somehow all agree to overlook it.
Some famous people have the misfortune of becoming the target of a shadowy cabal that's willing to suspend their world-dominance campaign to simply harass them.
Jason Statham nearly died while Sylvester Stallone calmly filmed it on his cellphone.
A petty political squabble with one of America's Founding Fathers turned into a centuries-long monster myth.
You might want to light some candles, because it's about to get pretty dark.
Ever wonder why Prince changed his name to a symbol?
Southland was a TNT drama about the lives of a bunch of cops in Los Angeles ... except for the brief, magical moment when it was about Shaquille O'Neal talking about boobs.
Spoiler alert: Famous people are just as catty as the rest of us.
Do you remember? Pepperidge Farms remembers. And so does MySpace.