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3 People Who Changed The World… But Never Existed

October 29th, 2014 by in History

The phrase “changing the world” gets tossed around a lot. Did Zuckerberg change the world with the invention of Facebook? Maybe, but we used to think the same thing about Tom (remember MySpace?). Check out some people who actually changed the world—without ever being real.

Santa Claus

Does santa clause exist

SPOILER ALERT: Santa Claus isn’t real.

Sorry to burst your bubble on that one.

If you think about it, what more influential figure was there in our childhoods, particularly when, say, November started rolling around? We all wanted to be good so that Santa would give us gifts. This character, without even having to bother with the messy business of being real, has changed the life of millions of children.

Because, you know, at around age 11 you figure out that it’s all made up and thus begins the inevitable crushing of your spirit by real life and adulthood.

Thanks Santa.

The Marlboro Man
Who is the Marlboro Man

The Morlboro Man is an iconic (or nefarious) figure in the tobacco industry, and “he” was actually played by a handful of different actors and models, three of which died of lung cancer.

Anyone that’s ever smoked a cigarette with a filter on it has this nonexistant character to thank—you know how in shows like Mad Men the guys all smoke unfiltered cigarettes? That’s because there was a certain time in the history of smoking where if you smoked filtered cigarettes you were a big puss. Marlboro set out to change that with their rugged-n-manly advertising campaign, and by golly, it worked.

Rosie the Riveter

Hold on to your panties, feminists. The strong, independent, I-ain’t-need-no-man figure of Rosie the Riveter wasn’t actually a real person. She was a governmental propaganda piece which motivated women to get out of their comfortable homes and go work in the war factories—which, to be fair, made a pretty sizable impact on WWII.

Once women had left the house and realized that they could probably get actual jobs, there was no turning back. You know that career-chasing uppity lawyer girl you asked out on a date and she laughed in your face? Blame Rosie.


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