just watched “the terminal”, movie directed by Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks playing a guy stuck at NY airport for 9 months.
we checked a little and found the true story aspect at this nytimes article and a nice wikipedia entry about Merhan Karimi Nasseri, who still lives at Roisin Airport in Paris. The wikipedia entry says that this is still true on 17th July 2005, so probably the web keeps this story alive.
Funny thing, somebody has to have checked this and entered it in wikipedia. this alone is a weird fact, but also giving me a feeling of security: when I want to know something like this, many many other people write stuff down.