Merhan Karimi Nasseri
publication date: Saturday, January 27, 2007 (part of Round XXIX)
clue: You think you've waited a long time for a flight...
explanation: Nasseri was an Iranian national stranded at Charles de Gaulle airport in 1988 due to a bureaucratic loophole. He remained there, never setting foot outside of the terminal, until 2006, publishing his diary and inspiring the Tom Hanks film The Terminal. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Joanna Woods, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, David Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Tony Peters, Scott Horowitz, Megan Baxter, Chris McKinnon, Mihai Rusu, Todd Brotsch, Adrianne Rodgers, Kerry Odell, Joy Dunn, and Chris Venit
trivia: Scott had held this goo for some time, and when he did decide to publish it, he was disappointed to learn that Nasseri had finally been evacuated from the airport for a medical emergency just a few months earlier, diminishing Nasseri's tale.