Your average dream has about as much meaning as a particularly lackluster fart. We’re not even totally sure what dreams are, or why our stupid brains create these formless exercises in nonlinear surrealism that you wouldn’t pay to see at your local arthouse theater even if your smartest friend insisted they were modern classics, and it’s entirely possible you’re having a dream just because you heard of someone else having it. Our brains are a frightening mess of symbols, shaky memories, and what we had for lunch.

Every so often, though, you have a dream that makes you go, “Hey. Wait. Is that anything?” Depending on how you express yourself, it might be a more-or-less fully formed screenplay, a melody that won’t leave you alone, or a really good latte recipe. For some of the most important thinkers, it can be (and has been) a scientific formula, a new invention, or something else that completely changes the world (or at least the bookstore shelves).

Salvador Dalí's Paintings

? IT CAME FROM A DREAM 4 5 THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY 4 7.1 5 Salvador Dalí described his body of work as hand- painted dream photographs. Though those melting clocks are the most famous, Dalí often created his art from a combination of paranoiac-critical meditation and napping, A.K.A. the two ends of the pleasantness scale. CRACKED

Salvador Dalí

Artsy

Sign up for the Cracked Newsletter

Get the best of Cracked sent directly to your inbox!

Forgot Password?