A Brazilian footballer staged his whole career for 24 years – he could barely kick a ball. One time he was forced to play as the team had no strikers. He was worried he would get exposed, so before the game he started a fight with a fan and as a result got sent off before the game even started.
He returned to Brazil and started a career as a farce footballer since he “wanted to be a footballer, but did not want to play football”, becoming friends of many footballers so that he could have a big network to be recommended whenever he needed a new club. With a physical shape similar to professional footballers, but lacking skills, his fraud consisted of signing a short contract and stating that he was lacking match fitness so that he would spend the first weeks only with physical training where he could shine. At the time he went to train with other players, he would feign a hamstring injury and, by the lack of technology at the time, it was difficult to discover that it was a fake injury. He had a dentist to claim that he had focal infection whenever any club wanted to go further in the case. By doing these steps, he went on to stay a few months at the clubs just training and without ever exposing that he was a fraud footballer.
Jean-Claude Romand failed his med school exam and pretended to work for the World Health Organization, fooling friends and family for 18 years. Instead of working, he hid in hotels to study medicine and maps of countries he claimed to visit. When afraid of being exposed, he killed his entire family and burned down his house.
Peggy Bundy, played by Katey Sagal, whose real life pregnancy was written into season 6. When the actress suffered a miscarriage, the pregnancy storyline was written as a dream of Al’s, as it was felt it would be too traumatic for Katey Sagal to work with an infant.
Sagal and White eventually had two children — a daughter, Sarah Grace, in 1994 and a son, Jackson James, in 1996. The writers of Married… with Children deliberately did not write Sagal’s two later pregnancies into the show due to the earlier stillbirth, opting instead to write off her absences in a subplot.
In Japan, where “lifetime employment” contracts with large companies are widespread, employees who can’t be made redundant may be assigned tedious, meaningless work in a “banishment room” until they get bored enough to resign.
Mao Zedong, in a power-play against Nikita Khrushchev’s visit in 1958, forced him to conduct a meeting in a pool. 200+ pound Khrushchev, who could not swim, was forced to wear floaters in the kiddie side of the pool while Mao swam laps and conducted the meeting