Turns out there have been plenty of people throughout history that made amazing contributions to modern culture and got precisely jack in return.
There's no lie too big or too dumb for human beings not to believe it.
Leonidas has nothing on these guys. At least he had some backup.
Some men are remembered for their greatness, some men are remembered for their evil, and some men are just remembered for that one fantastic failure that taints their entire existence.
In the Cold War days, the world was essentially divided into two factions: Rambo and the dirty commies. But the Cold War wasn't really about physical combat, it was more like telling stories around a campfire: Whoever has the scariest idea, wins. It didn't matter if it was real or not, the goal was to convince the other side you were crazy.
It's no surprise that the world gets taken in by hoaxers and con men. They're really good at what they do and most of us are bored enough to believe anything as long as it takes our mind off the cubicle for a while.
Great things not only happen despite horrible disasters, but often because of them. Or, as the Japanese say, the most beautiful flowers grow only in the shit of Godzilla.
We all know publications lie (except Cracked). Still, the guys that printed these lies had sets the size bowling balls.