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A Real-Life Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man” ?


If you have seen the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” ads, like the one above, you might have thought at some point, “It would be pretty cool if this guy actually existed.” Well, stay thirsty, my friends: thanks to random Wikipedia-ing, I have found one such man existed in real life.

His biography…

Porfirio Rubirosa Ariza , (January 22, 1909 – July 5, 1965) was a Dominican diplomat, polo player and race car driver who competed in the 1950 and 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans, but was best known as an international playboy for his jet setting lifestyle and legendary prowess with women.

Including a totally outlandish “Chuck Norris”-style fact…

He was also famous for the rumored length of his penis—Truman Capote, in Answered Prayers, described it as eleven inches long—and to this day the extra-long pepper mills in French bistros are called “Rubirosas.”

I could have done without that mental image 😛 Without the “random knowledge grab” that Wikipedia’s links enable, I would have never found this character. I write about it here because I am fascinated by how creativity functions, when the mind forms links between seemingly disparate concepts to invent something new. I believe the “random knowledge grab” is essential to creativity. Let’s say you happen upon Concept A today. It’s interesting but of no use at the present. But if you intersect Concept A with Concept B two years later to invent new Concept C, then it was essential that you had read about Concept A and mentally filed it away.

(Source: Porfirio Rubirosa)

Update: The Selvedge Yard has a more detailed, photo-rich writeup of Rubirosa.

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