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1. This entrepreneur had his obituary published two weeks before his 1891 death but it was done to please him. Which showman wanted to read what New York's "Evening Sun" newspaper had to say about his life before he was gone?
2. In April 2003, "CNN" accidentally released several premature obituaries, some of which apparently reused a template that had been used for the Queen Mother's death. Which long-time USO entertainer was mentioned in his obituary as "the UK's favorite grandmother"?
3. This Colombian author and journalist was the victim of two early death notices, one in 2000 and another in 2012. Which Nobel-prize-winning novelist supposedly wrote a farewell poem for a Peruvian newspaper in 2000, fourteen years before he actually died?
4. When this actor was 60 years old, "People" magazine mistakenly referred to him as being dead, and for the next thirty-four years, it was an on-going gag. Which actor, famous for his roles in "The Godfather" and "Barney Miller", finally died in 2016?
5. In 2008, the "Bloomberg" business news wire mistakenly released an obituary for a man who "helped make personal computers as easy to use as telephones". Which technology visionary who died a few years later was the victim of the premature eulogy?
6. The "Twittersphere" exploded in 2013 upon the death of ex-UK prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. However, misleading hashtags led many devastated fans to mistakenly mourn the death of which multi-decade pop icon?
7. The "New York Times" printed a detailed obituary for this German revolutionary philosopher in 1871, over a decade before he actually died. Which "ostensible leader of the famous International Society in Europe" received a much more cautious death notice from the "Times" in 1883?
8. "Saturday Night Live" decided to mock news organizations that prepare early obituaries by having Tom Brokaw (Dana Carvey) record several outlandish news stories about the death of which non-elected U.S. President?
9. Death can be scary, especially when it is your own. Which American civil rights leader and Pan-African proponent supposedly died after reading his own obituary in 1940?
10. For which Hungarian-American multi-billionaire did Reuters mistakenly publish an obituary in 2013, providing the rather impersonal details of "died XXX at age XXX"?
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