In the 17 hundreds, one man attended his own funeral. He was Timothy Dexter from Boston, a man who became wealthy by a stroke of pure luck. A ridiculous man, he made a name for himself selling stray cats and whale bones. He insisted on being called a lord despite not being one – and at one point he faked his own death for no apparent reason. Dexter secretly attended his own funeral and later caned his wife for not crying enough. In his final years, he had 40 statues of famous world leaders built at his home – and of himself, with an inscription proclaiming himself to be the western world’s greatest living philosopher.