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Topping a list of 101 most influential people who never lived in a book released on Tuesday is the Marlboro Man – a macho American cowboy who emerged in the 1950s and helped boost sales of Marlboro cigarettes. “The figments of our imaginations, the creatures we push out of our minds into the real world are fully capable of pushing back with surprising consequences,” said Mr Jeremy Salter, one of the book’s three authors.

Coming in at number two on the list is Big Brother of George Orwell’s 1984, followed by King Arthur, who the authors say embodies for many the ideal monarch, and Santa Claus comes in at number four. 

Marlboro Man is number 1 because his biggest influence on society has been to cause the death of millions from cancer, although it could be argued that Ronald McDonald is a bigger villain because of his appeal to children.

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