Famous People That Never Existed

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Fame is usually associated with actual living people. You do something in life that sets you apart from the mediocrity that plagues us all, and you become recognized, adored and remembered. It’s a fairly natural process.
Sometimes however, you get a famous name that turns out to not be a real person. So while it might be seen as cheating, there can be powerful messages and images in these stories, which we can usually only describe as nothing more than folklore or legends. Let’s take a look at some of them.

 

 

Uncle Ben
I’m not talking about Spider-Man’s uncle here. I mean the guy from the rice and stuff. He wasn’t real, and the black man depicted on the product packaging isn’t even real. It’s just a random guy with no ties at all to the product.


Robin Hood
Well, we’re not sure if Robin Hood did or didn’t exist, all we know is that we only know him from folk stories back in the olden days of England. The further back you go, the more it becomes apparent that Robin Hood was simply a term loosely translated as “someone with criminal ties” or a “sneak”. Some stories would go even further and describe ol’ Robin more as a cutthroat.

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