I love the crazy stuff David Malki ! (emphasis on the !) digs up. In 1897, this guy made a bet that he would walk around the world, starting penniless and naked, and make $5,000 along the way. What followed, if true, was nothing short of amazing. He may be one of the most impressive charlatans I’ve ever heard of. You should read the whole thing, but here’s a little snippet to whet your appetite:
At the appointed time, Jones found himself the centre of a large gathering of newspaper men, sports, men about town, politicians, and others interested. As the moment approached when he was to make the start, the interest grew intense. A committee took him into a private room, removed all money from his person, and Jones, himself, quickly stripped.