A handful of folks who need new pants because theirs burned up.
After his autobiography A Million Little Pieces became a bestseller, thanks in large part to Oprah Winfrey and her book club, researchers discovered that Frey had fabricated key events in the book.
After much controversy, Frey appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for the second time on January 26, 2006 and claimed that the "demons" that had driven him to abuse alcohol and drugs were the same ones that had led him to invent events in his autobiography. Said Oprah, "I feel that you betrayed millions of readers."
While working as a reporter in the late 1990s for The New Republic, Glass was exposed for making up facts in his stories. Glass had gone so far as to create fake websites and sources.
Glass' story was dramatized in the 2003 film, Shattered Glass, starring Hayden Christensen. The tagline for the movie: "He'd do anything to get a great story."
In 2003, the New York Times reporter was caught plagiarizing and making up parts of his stories. He resigned and published a book in 2004 called Burning Down My Masters' House: My Life at the New York Times. In the book, he blames his behavior on a battle with bipolar disorder and drug problems.
Washington Post journalist Cooke won a Pulitzer Prize for a story called "Jimmy's World," about an 8-year-old heroin addict. But Jimmy did not exist; the entire story was fabricated. Once exposed, Cooke resigned and returned the Pulitzer. She has since sold the movie rights to her story.
In 2004, USA Today correspondent and Pulitzer Prize nominee Jack Kelley was accused of fabricating stories and sources. He denied the charges and resigned.
The 42nd President of the United States lied under oath about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky and, in 1998, became only the second president in U.S. history (the first was Andrew Johnson) to be impeached by the House of Representatives.
The 37th President of the United States. After his administration was exposed in the Watergate scandal as being involved in illegal activities, including wiretapping and harassment of political opponents, Nixon lied about his involvement and tried to stop the investigation. He failed, and resigned in 1974 before he could be impeached.
A German baron who served in the military and returned home with tall tales about his adventures. He reportedly told people that he'd travelled to the Moon, ridden cannonballs, and escaped from a swamp by pulling himself out by his own hair.
His supposed adventures became the subject of many books. Over the years, the tales of Münchausen have become popular adventure stories told to children. In 1988, filmmaker Terry Gilliam adapted some of the stories into a movie called The Adventures of Baron Münchausen.
Two psychological disorders are named after him. Münchausen Syndrome is a disorder in which someone feigns illness in order to get attention. Münchausen Syndrome By Proxy is a disorder in which a caregiver (usually the mother) fakes or induces illness in a child or someone else in his or her care in order to gain attention and sympathy.