Some American soldiers who used to guard Saddam Hussein found him to be a friendly, talkative "clean freak" who loved Raisin Bran for breakfast. He can also apparently scarf down a whole bag of Doritos in 10 minutes.
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Maybe it should be filed under "cheesy" instead of banal, but we've long known that Saddam is also a romance novelist whose titles include The Fortified Castle and Zabidah and the King, which tells the tale of a lonely king who falls in love with a beautiful peasant woman who reminds him that his subjects need his strict laws.
And there's also that musical drama critic, Kim Jong Il, author of–among other titles–On the Art of Opera: Talk to Creative Workers in the Field of Art and Literature.