Did you know Zeppo Marx invented a heart attack alarm? We usually think of genius as one explicit thing: You're a genius at music, or computer programming, or whatever. But there's no straight road from "genius" to "what you do with that genius." Charles Darwin may have figured out evolution as a side effect of his obsession with eating rare animals. Paris Hilton seems like she's famous for being rich and spoiled, but she might be the greatest marketing mind of our generation.
On today's podcast, Cracked editors Jack O'Brien, Soren Bowie, and Michael Swaim discuss the exceptional people who built our world, and the exceptionally weird things that made them brilliant. It seems strange for a musician or a comedian to invent new technology, but smart people are smart all around. It gets even broader than just inventions. Bob Dylan makes art out of plagiarizing everything from older songs to a book on the Monica Lewinsky trial. Want to hear more crazy connections made by beautiful minds? Throw on your headphones and click play above, go here to subscribe on iTunes or download it here.
It's pretty safe to say that after years of Sherlock Holmes adaptations and countless CBS crime procedurals, most people with a pretty steady diet of TV and movies think they're pretty good armchair psychologists.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
Believe it or not, Matthew McConaughey's thesis (from behind a bookshelf inside a black hole) that love is the most powerful force in the universe isn't the most scientifically accurate thing Hollywood has offered us lately.