Some of the biggest trolls throughout history (24 Photos)
If you visited Internet forums in the early 2000’s, then you’re more than likely familiar with John Titor. He was an uber successful (and actually pretty intelligent) troll who convinced people he was from the future. He made several “predictions” about the future and the crazy thing is that lots of people believed him.
Franklin’s troll status was so illustrious, that the Founding Fathers had to check the Constitution to make sure he didn’t write any jokes.
Frank Abagnale Junior
If you’ve seen “Catch Me If You Can” you’re very aware of how successful Frank was. By the time he was 21, he had used fake credentials to work as a doctor, pilot and lawyer. He was also pretty gifted at writing hot checks. He ended up serving only part of his sentence though when the FBI offered him a job in spotting forgeries. Today, he is a millionaire.
Iceland to Greenland
Or actually, the person who ended up naming them. While they’re both covered in ice at some point of the year, Iceland is certainly greener than Greenland.
I mean, they took over a city using a huge wooden horse. What else is there to say?
Pablo and his oldest son decided to visit the White House one day. Nothing spectacular about that, other than the DEA and Interpol were looking for him at the time.
The Piltdown man was a caveman who was found in a pit in England. For many years, scientists thought the caveman was a monumental key to understanding human evolution. It was exposed as a hoax just under 40 years later.
Mark is a resident of Milwaukee that happens to live next to the airport. Naturally, because who wouldn’t, Mark wrote “Welcome to Cleveland” on top of his house just to mess with everyone flying in.
Edgar Allen Poe
Poe was expelled from West Point because his drill instructor screamed at him to put on his NCO belt and show up to formation. He showed up, but with only his NCO belt on.
He took a tour of the FBI headquarters while being wanted by the FBI.
Although it was unintentional, when Orson’s “War of the Worlds” was broadcast on the radio, many people thought Martians were actually invading.
The United Kingdom
In an effort to convince Germany during WWII that they didn’t have radar, Britain said they were detecting bombers so easily because their pilots had excellent vision. The reason? Their pilots ate a sh*t-ton of carrots. Germany actually believed them.
He wrote the Prince and the Discourses, both of which elaborated on his political ideas. The issue? They contradict each other. Only recently have people come to the possible conclusion that the Prince was a troll piece.
Juan Pujol Garcia
Garcia, a double-agent for both the Germans and the British, was a primary reason that the Allies succeeded in Germany. He managed to be awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for convincing the Germans that Normandy was a distraction to the real invasion. In spite of this, he was also awarded the Iron Cross from the Germans for his valiant efforts during the war.
Count Victor Lustig
Lustig might be one of the most successful conmen in history. Victor tried selling the Eiffel Tower twice by posing as a government official and he actually managed to get some money for it.
Jonathan is well known for publishing “A Modest Proposal” in 1729, a satirical piece in which he suggested for poor Irish families to sell their children to rich families as a source of food. It went over the heads of many people though, and Jonathan was slammed in the press for suggesting that babies would make a good source of food.
A retired Canadian magician, James would follow psychics around and expose them on national TV.
We’re pretty sure Marcel hated modern art, as he once submitted a signed urinal to an art exhibit.
Zaharoff was a Greek arms dealer, but he might as well have been a politician. He once sold a submarine to the Greek government. He then told the Turks that the Greeks had a submarine and sold them 2 submarines. Lastly, he went to the Russians and told them the Turks had 2 submarines so he sold them 2 as well. None of the submarines actually worked.
He once pointed a camera at the Empire State Building for several days and released it as a movie called “Empire.”
A Chinese general nearly 2,000 years ago, Zhuge needed to defend his village with only a ragtag army. He decided to sit outside the gates sipping tea until the enemy arrived. Fearing an ambush, the enemy retreated.
It takes balls for an entire nation to troll the world, but there’s no shortage of that in Austria. They managed to convince the world that Hitler was German and Beethoven was Austrian!
Diogenes of Sinope
When Plato once defended a man as being a “featherless biped,” Diogenes left a plucked chicken on his doorstep with a note — “Behold! I have brought you a man!” It is also said that Diogenes died from holding his breath.
Oliver “Porky” Bickar
If you ever feel like giving your entire town a heart attack, take notes from Oliver. You see, for an April Fools prank Bickar decided it would be a good idea to light a bunch of tires on tire inside an active volcano. The prank worked like a charm and news of the rumbling volcano spread around the world.