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The Magnificent 10

Episode 3: The biggest boasters in history

Exaggeration rather than understatement – that’s how world history has always been made. It’s all about embellishing one’s biography. Which is why Catherine the Great simply wrote her own. And Karl May made up the wildest adventures and pretended to be the inspiration for his protagonists. But bragging is not just a phenomenon of former times. We only need to mention names such as Berlusconi and Tebartz-van Elst …