You know what they say about people who are highly eccentric? Well, it is believed that eccentric people are also genius, especially in the kind of things they do. In addition, it is also believed that almost everyone loves those who are eccentric, but to me this point is not so appealing. Another thing to ponder is that the British also seem to be quite an appealing and endless source of all forms of eccentricity. But you will be better able to a grasp the notion once you read out this list of the top 10 most eccentric people of all time. There are a number of millionaire entrepreneurs who are really eccentric in their habits and what they love to do most of the times. No matter what some of the people might say about them, it is a fact that it is this unusualness and through the honesty with themselves that they are able to get the most out of their lives. The amount of eccentric that a society holds is also somehow proportional and directly related to the amount genius and psychological vigor. Now here are the most eccentric people.
10. William Archibald Spooner
The phenomenon in linguistics referred to as Spoonerism has been named after this guy, who lies totally locked in the books of history. The method involves changing the sequence of words and transforming the sentence into something new and almost bizarre. The swapping of the words and letter is done in such a way that the outcome of their shuffling comes out to be something new and different. Very soon after the development of this technique, Spooner had become quite office, being a professor at the Oxford University. He did not admire publicity and was also somewhat bizarre in his social interactions, as he once asked a friend about some help in solving a problem and then in the end of the letter mentioned that the problem had been solved, so he does not need to come after all. Weird, isn’t it?
You might recall reading about the theorem of this philosopher in high school or even before that. In his view, all forms of natural phenomena were better off to be explained in terms of numbers and mathematical symbols. In fact, in his view the whole universe including the world we live in revolves around the use of numbers. But his insanity can be seen from in his claim that he had a religion of his own, as he asked a number of his followers to follow his guidelines about soul, reincarnation and much more.
8. Lord Byron-English Poet
For those who have no idea about this poet, let me tell you that this poet is considered to be the second best after Shakespeare when it comes to English poetry. Yes, some of might not agree with this sweeping statement. He had put forward his first poetic work at the age of 14. His insanity was first seen when he had wanted to keep a dog in his room at Cambridge. But when the authorities did not allow him to keep a dog, then instead he brought a bear to this room. He even took the animal for a walk in the university, which indeed terrified the hell out of the other students.
7. Tycho Brahe-The Danish Astronomer
Known all around the world for his precision in the astronomical measurements he carried out, Tycho Brahe was also
quite involved in high profile social gatherings and dinner parties. Yes, he was very rich than most of the people who came to his parties. But once, he hired a dwarf, dressed him like a clown and asked him to hide under the dinner table for the time the party was going on. The duty of the clown was just to stay around the house and under the table, especially at the time of the party.
6. John Christie
He and his wife are known to have started the renowned opera Festival, Glyndeborne. At one party in which the Queen was also present, he took out his glasses, cleaned them up and placed them back into the socket. He then asked the Queen that whether the glasses were in straight or not. Furthermore, once or more often he also wore nothing but just Lederhosen on a party and wanted the guests to also do the same.
5. Oscar Wilde
Yes, the guy is indeed one of the top and most famous members of this list. In times of extreme moral conservatism, he did manage to maintain his vigor and style, as he did not care what form of society he lived in. He also used to walk in the street with a lobster and even had decorated his room with the furs and feathers of various animals. In simple words, the guy was opposite to what the Victorian England wanted him to be.
4. Michelangelo-The Painter
Despite of being a famous painter with an incredible imagination, he did not pay much importance towards self-presentation and maintenance. Neither did he bath more often, nor did he use to cut his nails for a long time. It is also said that the guy suffered from autism, based on the observations of his social interactions. Even when his mother had died, he did not even attend the funeral. But here it is important to consider that the autism might be one of the reasons for which he was so committed and obsessed with his work.
3. Sir George Sitwell
Here we have a man who was indeed bizarre and odd in a number of ways. It is said that he had invented a pistol for shooting down the wasps in his garden. Furthermore, when he had moved to Italy, once he had refused to pay out the debts which his wife owed to the state, for which the poor woman had to spend 3 months his prison. He also had some of his cows fashioned in a way that they would look more representative. He had also placed a marking in front his door on which it was written that anyone entering this house should not contradict with me or differ with me in any way, as this might disturb the functioning of my sleep and the release of my gastric juices.
2. Nikola Tesla-Physicist and an Engineer
The contributions of Tesla for science can never be denied, as he had played a major role in the invention of the radio, radar, robotics and many more. But the guy suffered from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). He did not like to touch anything that even had a small fragment of dirt on it. Furthermore, before entering into the domains of any building, he often used to walk around the block three or more times.
1. Empedocles-Greek Philosopher
The contributions of this famous philosopher include the statements and observations that the earth is like a sphere, light does travel at a certain speed, the centrifugal force and how it functions and much more. But what made him insane and in fact eccentric, was his belief that he was a God. In order to prove his claim he even gathered his peers and said that he would jump into a volcano and then come out to show them that he was immortal.