Baron Münchhausen was a German nobleman who later joined the Russian military, and took up campaigns against Ottoman Turks. When he returned, he was known for telling far-fetched tales of his adventures. They were later published in a book called Baron Munchhausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia.
Among his stories he claims he's has done the following things; shot down 50 ducks with one shot, turns a wolf inside-out, gets sucked inside a whale, destroys thousands of bears, accidentally going to the moon, liberating the French royal family, and many other bizarre statements of insanity. This guy was a trip, and might of been legitimately crazy. He gets some points for creativity I have to admit.