In these self-made days of self-publishing, self-improvement, self-harm and selfies, there’s no need for a middle man to make us all famous. This is the digital age, the age of blogging and vlogging. Do or say something stupid enough and the whole world will know your name by teatime.
Of course, that’s not a new phenomenon. It’s been going on for a long, time, it’s just that the 21st century’s online nature makes it quicker and easier for people to become known for whatever it is that they do. Back in the day, there wasn’t any such thing as a reality TV star or a YouTube or Instagram celebrity. People could still became famous just for having had sex with other people, but it had to be with royalty or a president or something ridiculous like that.
And then there are those who managed to become famous – or infamous, notorious, even legendary – through a little lateral thinking, through being more than a little off the wall, or through having something bloody terrible happen to them.
Here are ten of the most bizarre things anyone’s ever been or done that have brought them fame, given them prestige, renown… or just a peculiar worldwide reputation.