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9,031 hits 3.0 (8 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 18 years ago by Cheese King

Which Historical Lunatic are you?
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18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 9:27:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Amusing and informative! Please post your entire description!
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 9:28:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 9:29:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
You are Charles VI of France, also known as Charles the Mad or Charles the Well-Beloved!

A fine, amiable and dreamy young man, skilled in horsemanship and archery, you were also from a long line of dribbling madmen. King at 12 and quickly married to your sweetheart, Bavarian Princess Isabeau, you enjoyed many happy months together before either of you could speak anything of the other's language. However, after illness you became a tad unstable. When a raving lunatic ran up to your entourage spouting an incoherent prophecy of doom, you were unsettled enough to slaughter four of your best men when a page dropped a lance. Your hair and nails fell out. At a royal masquerade, you and your courtiers dressed as wild men, ending in tragedy when four of them accidentally caught fire and burned to death. You were saved by the timely intervention of the Duchess of Berry's underskirts.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 9:30:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
This brought on another bout of sickness, which surgeons countered by drilling holes in your skull. The following months saw you suffer an exorcism, beg your friends to kill you, go into hyperactive fits of gaiety, run through your rooms to the point of exhaustion, hide from imaginary assassins, claim your name was Georges, deny that you were King and fail to recognise your family. You smashed furniture and wet yourself at regular intervals. Passing briefly into erratic genius, you believed yourself to be made of glass and demanded iron rods in your attire to prevent you breaking.

In 1405 you stopped bathing, shaving or changing your clothes. This went on until several men were hired to blacken their faces, hide, jump out and shout "boo!", upon which you resumed basic hygiene. Despite this, your wife continued sleeping with you until 1407, when she hired a young beauty, Odette de Champdivers, to take her place. Isabeau then consoled herself, as it were, with your brother.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 9:30:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Her lovers followed thick and fast while you became a pawn of your court, until you had her latest beau strangled and drowned.

A severe fever was fended off with oranges and pomegranates in vast quantities, but you succumbed again in 1422 and died. Your disease was most likely hereditary. Unfortunately, you had anywhere up to eleven children, who variously went on to develop capriciousness, great cruelty, insecurity, paranoia, revulsion towards food and, in one case, a phobia of bridges.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 9:51:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
You are Ludwig II, the Swan King of Bavaria!

Born with the name of Otto, you became Ludwig at the request of your grandfather, King Ludwig I, because you were born on his birthday. You became Crown Prince at the tender age of 3, and soon after stole a purse from a shop on the basis that everything in Bavaria belonged to you. Tragedy struck when your pet tortoise was taken away; relatives thought the six-year-old prince was too attached to it. Your childhood was lonely and formal. Once, you were prevented from beheading your younger brother by the timeous arrival of a court official. From the age of 14 you suffered from hallucinations.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 9:52:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Despite striking an imposing figure with your great height and good looks, your speeches were pompous to the point of incomprehensibility. You became even more of a recluse, often spending hours reading poetry in a seashell-shaped boat in your electrically-illuminated underground grotto.

You are most famous for building three fairytale castles - Linderhof, Neuschwanstein and Herrenchiemsee - at tremendous public expense. Declared insane and confined to your bedroom by concerned (and embarrassed) subjects, you escaped on 13 June 1886, but were later found drowned with your physician in Lake Stamberg in mysterious circumstances.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 9:52:26 PM EST (GMT-5)

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 9:53:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I won't put the long part in since you already got that one...
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 9:53:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's uncanny!
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 10:02:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
ludwig
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 10:15:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
I too am "Charles VI of France, also known as Charles the Mad or Charles the Well-Beloved!"
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:10:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh yes, you don't have to post your entire description if someone else already did.

Thanks!

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:34:31 PM EST (GMT-5)

You are Nicola Tesla, inventor of the Tesla Coil!

A minister's son from Simljan in Austria-Hungary, you were precocious from an early age. At three you could multiply three-digit numbers in your head and calculate how many seconds visitors to your home had lived. In awe of your older brother Dane, you shot a pea-shooter at his horse, causing it to throw him and inflict injuries from which he later died. This tragedy haunted you ever after. You frequently suffered bouts of illness with hallucinations throughout your life. During one affliction of cholera, you encountered the writing of Mark Twain, with whom you were later to be close friends. Later, another, this time mystery, illness inexplicably heightened your senses to a painful extent, only relenting when you hit upon the idea of the alternating current motor.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:34:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
You developed an aversion to human contact, particularly involving hair, and a fear of pearls; when one would-be lover kissed you, you ran away in agony. Later, you insisted that any repeated actions in your day-to-day life had to be divisible by three, or, better yet, twenty-seven. You would, for example, continue walking until you had executed the required number of footsteps. You refused to eat anything until you had calculated its exact volume. Saltine crackers were a favourite for their uniformity in this respect. In the midst of important work, you forgot trivial details such as eating, sleeping or, on one memorable occasion, who you were.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:34:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Your inventions, always eccentric, began on a suitably bizarre note. The first was a frog-catching device that was so successful, and hence so emulated by your fellow children, that local frogs were almost eradicated. You also created a turbine powered by gluing sixteen May bugs to a tiny windmill. The insects panicked and flapped their wings furiously, powering the contraption for hours on end. This worked admirably until a small child came along and ate all the creatures alive, after which you never again touched another insect.

Prompted by dreams of attaining the then-ridiculed goal of achieving an alternating-current motor, you went to America in the hope of teaming up with Thomas Edison. Edison snubbed you, but promised fifty thousand dollars if you could improve his own direct-current motor by 20% efficiency. You succeeded. Edison did not pay up. It was not long until you created an AC motor by yourself.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:35:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Now successful, you set up a small laboratory, with a few assistants and almost no written records whatsoever. Despite it being destroyed by fire, you invented the Tesla Coil, impressing even the least astute observer with man-made lightning and lights lit seemingly by magic. Moving to Colorado Springs, you created a machine capable of sending ten million volts into the Earth's surface, which even while being started up caused lightning to shoot from fire hydrants and sparks to singe feet through shoes all over the town. When calibrated to be in tune with the planet's resonance, it created what is still the largest man-made electrical surge ever, an arc over 130 feet long. Unfortunately, it set the local power plant aflame.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:35:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
You returned to New York, incidentally toying with the nascent idea of something eerily like today's internet. Although the wealthiest man in America withdrew funding for a larger, more powerful resonator in short order, it did not stop you announcing the ability to split the world in two. You grew ever more diverse in your inventions: remote-controlled boats and submarines, bladeless turbines, and, finally, a death ray.

While whether the ray ever existed is still doubtful, it is said that you notified the Peary polar expedition to report anything strange in the tundra, and turned on the ray. First, nothing happened; then it disintegrated an owl; finally, reports reached you of the mysterious Tunguska explosion, upon which news you dismantled the apparatus immediately. An offer during WWII to recreate it was, thankfully, never acted upon by then-President Wilson. Turning to other matters, you investigated the forerunner of radar, to widespread derision.

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:35:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Your inventions grew stranger. One oscillator caused earthquakes in Manhattan. You adapted this for medical purposes, claiming various health benefits for your devices. You found they let you work for days without sleep; Mark Twain enjoyed the experience until the sudden onset of diarrhoea. You claimed to receive signals in quasi-Morse Code from Mars, explored the initial stages of quantum physics; proposed a "wall of light", using carefully-calibrated electromagnetic radiation, that would allegedly enable teleportation, anti-gravity airships and time travel; and proposed a basic design for a machine for photographing thoughts. You died aged 87 in New York, sharing an apartment with the flock of pigeons who were by then your only friends.
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:35:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ridiculed throughout your life (Superman fought the evil Dr. Tesla in 1940s comics), you were posthumously declared the father of the fluorescent bulb, the vacuum tube amplifier and the X-ray machine, and the Supreme Court named you as the legal inventor of the radio in place of Marconi. Wardenclyffe, the tower once housing your death ray, was dynamited several times to stop it falling into the hands of spies. It was strangely hard to topple, and even then could not be broken up.

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dear God that was long!

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:39:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ludwig, gosh Cheese, so bossy!
18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:42:42 PM EST (GMT-5)

You are Ludwig II, the Swan King of Bavaria!

Born with the name of Otto, you became Ludwig at the request of your grandfather, King Ludwig I, because you were born on his birthday. You became Crown Prince at the tender age of 3, and soon after stole a purse from a shop on the basis that everything in Bavaria belonged to you. Tragedy struck when your pet tortoise was taken away; relatives thought the six-year-old prince was too attached to it. Your childhood was lonely and formal. Once, you were prevented from beheading your younger brother by the timeous arrival of a court official. From the age of 14 you suffered from hallucinations.

Despite striking an imposing figure with your great height and good looks, your speeches were pompous to the point of incomprehensibility. You became even more of a recluse, often spending hours reading poetry in a seashell-shaped boat in your electrically-illuminated underground grotto.

You are most famous for building three fairytale castle

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:43:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm Charles VI.


Cool quiz Cheese

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:44:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Elbereth, I am so glad you took the time to post that. It was extremely interesting, and now I want to find out more about this guy.

*standing ovation for elbereth*

18 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 11/28/03 - 11:44:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Arctic--Yeah, sorry...if the quiz had a "view all possible results" option, I wouldn't be so depsperate...

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