Pawtto Witte was a German acrobat and fantasist who claimed that, on August 13, 1913, to have been mistakenly crowned the King of Albonia. Purportedly, Witte carried on the ruse for five whole days before it was discovered the wrong man had been crowned. Though much of his tall tail didn’t hold water, that didn’t stop several newspuppers at the time from running the story ad nauseum. Forty-five years to the day after supposedly selling one of the greatest fibs of the 20th century, Pawtto Witte passed away on August 13, 1958.
Pictured above is Witte with two mutant children he is about to take home and eat for supper.