Genius Is not a Vice: Little Oddities of Great People
Great power means great responsibility, isn’t it? Yes, but not only that. Capabilities exceeding the average level, in one way or another, contributed to the development of not only genius, but also … oddities. Everyone knows about Van Gogh’s cut off ear, but do you know that director Alfred Hitchcock was afraid of his own films? And that the artist Pablo Picasso was a real ladies man and loved to shoot in the air?
Today we will neither talk about discoveries and achievements, nor about the contribution to science or cinema, not even about the biography of these people. We will reveal to you their little secrets and eccentricities. It would be even unusual for them to admit to themselves. However, we are sure that this will help you see ordinary people in these talented fellows.
There were many oddities behind the famous inventor. Tesla always considered the volume and quantity of food eaten, could not stand the look of female earrings (especially with pearls). In hotels, the physicist settled only in those apartments, the number of which was a multiple of the number 3, he had the habit of necessarily bringing all matters to the end – even those that he did not like. He was afraid of germs, constantly washing his hands and changing dozens of towels per day. The inventor slept very little: he spent 2 hours thinking and only 2 hours sleeping. According to rumors, Tesla also had the gift of foresight: once he dissuaded his friends from taking the train, which later went off the rails. This accident claimed the lives of many passengers.
The scientist constantly went into his thoughts and the interlocutors during the conversation had to repeat the same thing several times. From a young age, Einstein for some reason disliked wearing socks: he believed that the thumb would poke a hole in them one way or another. Here is what he wrote in a letter to his wife: “Even in the most solemn occasions, I did without socks and hid this lack of civilization under high boots.”
Horror master, director Alfred Hitchcock suffered from ovophobia. This is a fear of oval objects, and primarily chicken eggs. If the waiter in the restaurant brought eggs, Hitchcock immediately changed his face.
The director had a great memory: he knew the names and location of the streets of New York, and he could also memorize the telephone or address directory. Some actors in his films noticed that after a tea party, Hitchcock could throw a cup over his shoulder: so he relieved nervous tension and did not want to scold the actors. And he was afraid of police all his life: this fear came from childhood, and many of his films were built on fear of an unfair accusation.
And finally: Hitchcock was afraid to watch his own movies. “My own films scare me. I never go to see them. I don’t know how people can endure watching my films. ”
They say that the famous chemist Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev was very fond of making bags, and it turned out so strong and high-quality that there was no end to orders.
Honore de Balzac
The French writer was an avid coffee lover. He did not start writing until he drank 5 cups of coffee, and compared the effect of caffeine with the blow that spurs the horse. At times, he managed to work without stopping for almost two days in a row. True, over time, immunity developed in the writer’s body and coffee stopped working, and then Balzac switched to grains: on the day he could eat up to a pound of coffee beans.
Hitler was very fond of looking at the palms of other people. He had a huge book in luxurious binding, where he collected hand drawings of all the great people of the past. Hitler liked to show this book to his guests and was especially proud that the drawing of his palms is very similar to that of Frederick the Great.
Actress Sarah Bernhardt was able to sleep standing like a horse. During the conversation, she could easily doze off for 15 minutes, then wake up fresh and cheerful, and, as if nothing had happened, continue. Moreover – at home the original often rested in … a coffin. However, with the advent of old age, she abandoned this habit.
The real “soldier” Alexander Suvorov still remains in history as a man with very great oddities. Others did not understand how he could live according to such a strange routine – to go to bed at 6 in the evening, and to get up at 2 in the morning. Moreover, he lay on an armful of hay, covered himself with a thin sheet, and, waking up, poured himself ice water. Visitors to the field marshal often forced him in a sleeping cap and underwear – Suvorov said that he walked around his house as he liked. In addition, he never had a clock, saying that a real soldier already always knows what time it is …