1. W.B. Yeats was denied a post at Trinity College in Dublin for spelling “professor” wrong on the application.
REAL SMOOTH, ONE OF THE FOREMOST FIGURES OF 20TH CENTURY LITERATURE.
2. Ben Franklin nearly killed himself giving an electric shock to a turkey.
3. Charles Darwin ate an owl.
He described the experience as… “indescribable.” Cool.
4. Isaac Newton served in Parliament for a full year and only spoke one sentence.
That sentence was to ask for an open window to be closed because the room was drafty. YES, REALLY.
5. Einstein forgot his own address.
He just asked a cabbie to take him to “Einstein’s house.”
6. Edgar Allan Poe split his pants playing leapfrog with his wife.
Apparently he “blushed furiously.” Pretty endearing, actually.
7. Virginia Woolf accidentally baked her wedding ring into a pudding.
Better stick to cooking up that modernist fiction, amirite?!? *slinks away*
8. Thomas Edison electrocuted an elephant.
Probably should not have done that.
9. Steve Jobs let live snakes loose in his third grade classroom.
Granted, he was nine, but LIVE SNAKES?
10. Gertrude Stein wrote on her philosophy exam, “I am so sorry but I do not feel a bit like an examination in philosophy.”
It worked, though! Her professor responded, “Dear Miss Stein, I understand perfectly how you feel. I often feel like that myself,” and gave her the highest mark.