They say “the rich have their quirks”, but no less of them and just talented people in some way. At the very least, these well-known historical figures have demonstrated that, in addition to sometimes out-of-the-box thinking, they have very strange habits, phobias or interests …
Thomas Edison is known as a self-taught inventor, involved in the creation of the telegraph, film equipment and the telephone. Of course, in his difficult work, he could not have been without an assistant. True, he selected them in a very strange way. He did not ask them long questions, but simply invited them to dinner, where he treated them to a cup of soup.
If the candidate seasoned the soup before tasting it, Edison would immediately say no. He explained his whim by the fact that he does not like people who prefer to make hasty conclusions and remain captive to unproven prejudices.
Speaking of scientists, one cannot ignore Albert Einstein. The talented physicist was convinced that there was no point in wearing socks, since the thumb would still make a hole in it. At the same time, he firmly followed his habit, which can be seen from the photographs, where the scientist is depicted in full growth.
True, at solemn events he hid the absence of socks with high shoes.
But George Washington was an ardent fan of gardening, collecting completely different plant crops on his solid plot. According to his diary, he also had cannabis in his collection. At the same time, the American president was worried about the question of how to separate male plants from female ones.
Benjamin Franklin was very fond of air baths, and there is nothing reprehensible in this. If not for one BUT. The thing is that the politician spent from half an hour to an hour of his time at the open window completely naked, often shocking his neighbors.
There is nothing surprising in the love of coffee, however, some people prefer to drink it in a very strange way. For example, Ludwig van Beethoven brewed exactly 60 coffee beans every morning, preliminarily and personally counting them for a new portion.
But if Beethoven made coffee from 60 grains, then Honore de Balzac, who believed that he would not have written anything without this invigorating drink, drank as many as 50 cups a day. It is not clear how to sleep if you are under the influence of caffeine all day, but this did not stop the writer from waking up at one in the morning and immediately getting to work.
But it was not easy for Charles Dickens to get down to work because of his excessive perfectionism. Not only did he need perfect silence, but his desk had to be in perfect order. If the accessories were not in the right sequence, the writer did not sit down at the table. As well as not starting work if his hair was disheveled, because of which he constantly carried a comb in his pocket.
It is no secret that the Sistine Chapel is the work of Michelangelo. True, he himself was far from such beauty in everyday life due to the non-recognition of hygiene. Not only did the artist sleep in clothes and boots, not taking off for several days, he avoided the shower in every possible way, considering it dangerous to health. True, this did not prevent him from living to 89 years.
Alfred Hitchcock received the title of the king of suspense for his films, and, it would seem, he himself should not be afraid of anything. But in life, his phobias were very unpredictable. Not only was he scared of his own films, he was truly terrified of ordinary eggs. And so much so that the sight of blood seemed to him more attractive than the flowing yolk.
It might seem that Mozart, who went down in the history of classical music as a brilliant composer, was highly cultured. But in life he was very fond of toilet humor, joking about asses and passing gases in his letters. By the way, in his arsenal there is even a play called “Leck mir den Arsch fein recht schön sauber” (perhaps see the translation for yourself).
Writers need a source of inspiration, so it is not surprising that he was the German playwright Friedrich Schiller. True, it is very strange, which became known thanks to his colleague Johann Goethe. It turns out that the writer could not sit down to work if there were no rotten apples on his desk, the amber from which helped him concentrate.
Well, let’s end with a man from whom you could expect anything. Of course, we are talking about Salvador Dali, who drove a car full of cauliflower, and also walked around Paris with an anteater on a leash. So it is not surprising that he placed his wife in a purchased castle, which could only be visited by written invitation. That’s who exactly “their quirks.”
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