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Well-Loved Character Tintin May Have Been Based on a 15-Year-Old Danish Boy Scout

He’s one of the most beloved characters in Europe and beyond.

You may well be familiar with Tintin, the world-famous fictional cartoon character created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé (also known as Georges Prosper Remi) and loved by both young and old. He has no superpowers, but the ever curious young investigative reporter and adventurer, along with his fox terrier Snowy, continues to captivate the hearts of many up to this day.

Tintin first appeared on January 10, 1929, in the Le Petit Vingtième, the youth supplement of the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siecle. What started as a supplement grew into an international phenomenon. A comic book, television series, and several animated and feature films were made over the years.

Tintin, with his sharp wit, kindness, and thirst for adventure, became an inspirational character to many.

But what, or who, inspired Hergé to create Tintin? There are still debates about the matter, but one theory seems to stand out among big fans. According to this theory, a real-life lad named Palle Huld was the inspiration behind the good-natured character.

Before Tintin made his first appearance, 15-year-old Danish Boy Scout Palle Huld won a contest by a Danish newspaper to mark the centennial of Jules Verne.

Only teenage boys were allowed to join the contest. And as the winner, Huld had to re-enact Phileas Fogg’s adventures from Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days. He had to complete the journey within 46 days without anyone to accompany him and without using any aircraft.

Huld started his adventure on March 1, 1928. From Copenhagen, he traveled by rail and steamship through England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, the Soviet Union, Poland, and Germany.

Huld’s feat made him famous, and when he arrived in Denmark, he was considered a celebrity and a hero.

He was reportedly greeted by over 20,000 admirers and well-wishers. He then accomplished another feat by writing a book about his journey. It was published in several languages. The same year Huld’s book was published, Tintin made his first appearance.

Huld himself remarked on several occasions that he was indeed the inspiration behind Tintin, but there’s another candidate according to some fans.

Some say French travel photojournalist Robert Sexe could be the real inspiration behind Tintin because his journeys perfectly match the adventures in Tintin’s first three books.

While the real inspiration behind the world-famous character remains unconfirmed, true fans know it is what the character represents that matters more – a vigorous spirit and the will to succeed amidst obstacles.


9 Interesting Facts About Al Capone

The Scarface was indeed a strange and interesting guy.

Almost everyone in this world knows Al Capone as someone who was badass. Widely known as “Scarface,” the notorious US gangster was among America’s most feared gang leaders. And, of course, there was every reason to be. Although the infamous (and bloody) St. Valentine’s Day Massacre brought him his downfall, this guy lived to be a legend.

The massacre, in particular, saw at least seven rival gang members brutally gunned down. Unfortunately for Capone, this severely damaged his public reputation. This mess particularly hurt his image in Chicago where he had built up his criminal empire.

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What Would You Do If Your Car’s Gas Pedal Gets Stuck?

There could be a few reasons why your gas pedal gets stuck, but do you know what to do if something like this happens?

It does not happen very often, but it is possible for your car’s gas pedal to get stuck. Obviously, the situation can be frightening and traumatizing (not to mention it is extremely dangerous). But if you stay calm and act accordingly, it can be overcome.

Usually, a broken or faulty gas pedal is due to mechanical malfunctions. It can also be caused by a floor mat that has wedges preventing the pedal from working accordingly. Not to worry, though – there is a strategy to counter this scary situation.

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If You Can Solve This Riddle, You Can Get Hired at Google!

So do you have what it takes?

Pet-friendly workplace. Free gourmet food everyday. Massage services. These are only some of the awesome perks that Google employees get from their company so it's no surprise that web-based workers would kill to work there. Of course, you have to be really smart, among other things, to get your foot in the door.

Rumor has it that Google uses a particular riddle when interviewing candidates. If you can solve this brain teaser, you may just have a chance to be a Noogler - that's what Google affectionately calls their new hires.

You don't need to have the brain of a nuclear physicist to solve this, but you do have to be creative. This tests one's problem-solving skills. So here it is.

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