11 Very Smart People Who Have Done Very Dumb Things

Don’t worry, even geniuses are idiots.

1. W.B. Yeats was denied a post at Trinity College in Dublin for spelling “professor” wrong on the application.

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REAL SMOOTH, ONE OF THE FOREMOST FIGURES OF 20TH CENTURY LITERATURE.

2. Ben Franklin nearly killed himself giving an electric shock to a turkey.

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Oops.

3. Charles Darwin ate an owl.

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He described the experience as… “indescribable.” Cool.

4. Isaac Newton served in Parliament for a full year and only spoke one sentence.

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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.

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He just asked a cabbie to take him to “Einstein’s house.”

6. Edgar Allan Poe split his pants playing leapfrog with his wife.

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Apparently he “blushed furiously.” Pretty endearing, actually.

7. Virginia Woolf accidentally baked her wedding ring into a pudding.

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Better stick to cooking up that modernist fiction, amirite?!? *slinks away*

8. Thomas Edison electrocuted an elephant.

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Probably should not have done that.

9. Steve Jobs let live snakes loose in his third grade classroom.

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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.”

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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.

11. Shakespeare couldn’t decide how to spell his own name.

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He signed his name six different ways.

Also, William Shakespeare is an anagram of “I am a weakish speller.” (!)

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