11 Very Smart People Who Have Done Very Dumb Things

Don't worry, even geniuses are idiots.

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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.

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.

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." (!)