Weird Behavior of Famous People Part 2

Some trivia regarding weird behavior of various famous people including Einstein, Poe, Dumas, Dr. Johnson, Zachary Taylor and more.


Alexandre Dumas, who published The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo in 1844 and 1845, wrote his magazine articles on pink paper, his poetry on yellow paper, and his novels on blue paper.

Albert Einstein, the German physicist who announced his special theory of relativity in 1905 and who had failed a high school mathematics class, was so absentminded that he once used a $1,500 Rockefeller Foundation check as a bookmark--and then lost the book.

Dr. Samuel Johnson, English wit and author of the Dictionary of the English Language in 1755, sometimes climbed a tree and hid in it to avoid certain visitors--but when he did join his company he would often consume 25 cups of tea at a sitting.

Zachary Taylor, in a period when those who received mail had to pay the postage, refused all letters sent to him because he was tired of paying for fan mail--and as a result he did not learn of his 1848 presidential nomination by the Whig party convention in Philadelphia for over a month. He had automatically rejected the letter of notification because of the 10 cent stamp charge.

Franz Liszt, the Hungarian pianist who at age 11 in 1822 was praised as a pianist by Beethoven, sometimes played a difficult composition with two glasses of water balanced on the back of his hands--and never spilled a drop.

James I, king of England, who sponsored the King James Version of the Bible in 1611, was once so delighted with a loin of beef served to him at dinner that he knighted it and then said, "Arise, Sir Loin."

Edgar Allan Poe, who invented the modern detective story with "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" in 1841, often wrote with his favorite cat seated on his shoulder.

Empress Eugenie, the fashionable wife of Napoleon III, who ruled France from 1852 to 1870, never wore the same pair of shoes twice.

Peter I, who became czar of Russia in 1682, used to go to bed wearing his riding boots.

Catherine de Medicis, queen of France in 1547, would allow no woman in her court to have a waistline larger than 13 in.

Victor Hugo, celebrated for The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1831, took Juliette Drouet as his mistress two years later in Paris. Forced to live apart, Hugo visited her daily for almost 35 years (before and after his exile), and Juliette Drouet wrote him one to three letters a day, nearly 17,000 letters in her lifetime.

Sir William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, working together as librettist and composer between 1871 and 1896, together created 14 of the most popular comic operas in history--yet, because they disliked each other, they almost never met in person but collaborated through correspondence.

Georges Clemenceau, who became prime minister of France in 1906 and again in 1917, went to bed at night for most of his life fully clothed in a soft shirt, coat, trousers, shoes, and sometimes gloves.

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