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Münchhausen, Baron (I). Karl Friedrich Hieronymous, Baron von Münchhausen (1720-1797) was a German nobleman who was immortalized as a teller of tall tales by Rudolf Raspe’s Baron Münchhausen's Narrative of His Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia (1785).

From 1915 to 1917 Münchhausen was the hero in fifteen stories written by Hugo Gernsback (Ralph 124C41+), beginning with “I Make a Wireless Acquaintance” (Electrical Experimenter, May 1915). The premise of the stories is that the original Baron Münchhausen was accidentally injected with embalming fluid and that he only awakens in 1915, when he is forced to leave Germany because of the crimes he committed in his lifetime. Now a free agent, Münchhausen has a wide variety of adventures, helping the French battle the Germans during World War One, traveling to the moon (which turns out to be hollow) and Mars (which is inhabited by Martians, although they are friendly and scientifically advanced).

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