This cheating/liar man is just beyond comprehension. But his condition has a definition (http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com):
1. A type of delusion in which the afflicted person considers himself or herself possessed of greatness. He/she believes him/herself to be Christ, God, Napoleon, anyone famous, or everyone and everything, including a lawyer, physician, clergyman, merchant, prince, or super athlete in all sports.
2. Morbid verbalized overevaluation of oneself or of some aspect of oneself.
[megalo- + G. mania, frenzy]
For me, the only reasonable explanation for people still believing in him is that these very same people are also ethically questionable. After an analysis based on hard data the conclusion was that RY did NOT run all the miles he claimed while trying to cross USA, and still people believe in empty words. They defied the scientific method and return to the dark ages.
This is just amazingly sad.
OF: And mentally how are you doing?
RY: When all the noise started to happen, it was a small group of people on a website or whatever. And they became more and more vocal and that hit me mentally. I was like, â€œHold on a minute, Iâ€™m doing everything properlyâ€. We had 12 days with film crews and they were there when people were there making allegations and they even said: â€œHold on a minute, thatâ€™s wrong, because we filmed him at the exact same time youâ€™re talking about.â€ There was one particular guy who was very, very vocal and I said to him â€œWell, come out and watch. Donâ€™t sit there and type and speculate. Just come out and watch and see for yourself.â€ As things grew and grew, I even offered to pay for him to come out. I didnâ€™t have the money, but Iâ€™d have found it. My main strength is my mental ability. My physical ability isnâ€™t as strong as some runners. But put me up mentally againstother runners and Iâ€™m far stronger mentally than the others. It really knocked me. I was a bit gobsmacked and quite upset. But if you look at the history of other transcontinental runners, theyâ€™ve been in exactly the same position.