Which Historical Lunatic Are You?

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  1. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    Yep. I guess that about fits.

    edit: Oops, my bad! Linkosity
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Hey Charles, it be nice if you provide a link as soon as the meds kick in.
     
  3. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Ha! beat me too it - I had to go through and see who I was....:D

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  4. JamesDPS macrumors regular

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    Apparently, I'm Caligula... Hmm never would have guessed, except I sort of figured it would have to be someone Roman... man, I love those Romans!
     
  5. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I tired to be honest, but still shocked! :eek:
     

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  6. scem0 macrumors 604

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    Putting wdlove and mad in the same sentence is blasphemy ;).

    scem0
     
  7. themadchemist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    How dare you pretend to be me?! I will have you strangled! Then killed...Then strangled again!!!!

    Mwuhuhahaha! haha, haha! Mwuhu, hahahaha <cough> <choke> <cough> <cough>

    Yeah, that's right...Now where are those drills; I'm feeling sick again.
     
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  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I don't really want to know who answered YES to...
     
  10. Frohickey macrumors 6502a

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    According to the quiz, I'm 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
     
  11. JesseJames macrumors 6502a

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    I guess I could've done worse.

    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 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.
     
  12. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I'm sorry, it was an accident. You know that great minds think alike. :cool:
     
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    OWNED
     
  14. Opteron macrumors 6502

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    There was a similar post to this about what colour are you.

    However I'm "Gaius Caesar Germanicus - better known as Caligula!"

    "Third Emperor of Rome and ruler of one of the most powerful empires of all time, your common name means "little boots". Although you only reigned for four years, brief even by Roman standards, you still managed to garner a reputation as a cruel, extravagant and downright insane"
     
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    I always wanted a ice rink in my basement!

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  16. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    interesting...
     

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  17. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Since when did the US have an emperor, lol....... Never knew that.
     
  18. leftbanke7 macrumors 6502a

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    I was Caligula too but I think I'd much rather have been Tesla. He was so deliciously loony!
     
  19. themadchemist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    and caligula wasn't? On the nutzo scale, Caligula's pretty high up there.
     
  20. ExoticFish macrumors 6502a

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    i got the same one... weird internet quizes.
     
  21. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Thank you for the vote of confidence scem0! ;) I wish that the questionnaire would have just matched me up with a historical figure.
     
  22. leftbanke7 macrumors 6502a

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    But he had the Tesla Coil
    mmmmmmm, Tesla Coil, ahhhhhhh *drools*
     

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