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(Slate)   What do Henry Heinz, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Lindbergh, and Steve Jobs all have in common? They were all insane   (slate.com) divider line 84
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2013-06-26 10:57:44 AM  
Great, and my "genius" only results in me repeatedly washing my hands until they chafe and bleed.
 
2013-06-26 10:57:51 AM  
"Insane" does not seem accurate after reading TFA
 
2013-06-26 10:58:50 AM  
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
 
2013-06-26 10:59:10 AM  
Elon Musk? Richard Branson?
 
2013-06-26 11:00:01 AM  
Mental Illness does not necessarily equal insane, subby.
 
2013-06-26 11:01:22 AM  
Speaking for the mentally ill that live in my head... wait, they are telling me I don't have the right to speak for them. That is all.
 
2013-06-26 11:01:46 AM  

KatjaMouse: Mental Illness does not necessarily equal insane, subby.


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2013-06-26 11:04:09 AM  
So were William T. Sherman, Ted Turner, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Franklin Roosevelt, and Jack Kennedy.

Sometimes it takes a little crazy to get shiat done.
 
2013-06-26 11:05:55 AM  

brap: Great, and my "genius" only results in me repeatedly washing my hands until they chafe and bleed.


Then invent a better soap!  C'mon, get those bootstraps in gear!
 
2013-06-26 11:06:15 AM  
They are all dead?

/I don't know half of them. Are they all dead?
 
2013-06-26 11:06:15 AM  
What about John Harvey Kellogg and his brother, Will Keith Kellogg? Sure, The Road to Wellvillewas a bit fictionalized, but they were pretty odd.

/Besides, corn flakes are boring.
 
2013-06-26 11:08:19 AM  
I thought "mental illness" was like the gay. We're all supposed to love it and celebrate it now.
 
2013-06-26 11:08:52 AM  
"What did", subby.  Don't mix tenses.

/ob/com
//not particularly successful
 
2013-06-26 11:10:31 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Elon Musk? Richard Branson?




Branson is fun, he get's a pass.

fark corporate welfare!
 
2013-06-26 11:11:20 AM  
Today we call it mild  Asperger disorder, autism and or ADHD.
 
2013-06-26 11:11:46 AM  

Famous Thamas: The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.


Don't worry, the government is working hard to stop the unfair success of crazy people.

/the real lulz will start when the people get so desperate for a genius to lead them that they start turning to any crazy nutbar and following their orders without question in the hope that it will save them
//always the same, it's just a shame, that's all
 
2013-06-26 11:11:54 AM  

Vectron: I thought "mental illness" was like the gay. We're all supposed to love it and celebrate it now.


Well, corporations would grind to a halt without the psycopathic managers. So we have the NFL.
 
2013-06-26 11:13:49 AM  
I've seen much unhappiness in the uber-successful people I know personally. They are indeed driven by their madness and, while those around them suffer, they remain in denial of their misery.
 
2013-06-26 11:15:32 AM  
I don't think I've ever met a single person on this planet that isn't just a little bit insane.  Or off this planet, for that matter.
 
2013-06-26 11:15:52 AM  

CruJones: "Insane" does not seem accurate after reading TFA


What about "insanely great"?
 
2013-06-26 11:15:55 AM  

KimNorth: Today we call it mild  Asperger disorder, autism and or ADHD.


It is quite clearly bipolar disorder or the more mild forms like cyclothymia, from TFA.
 
2013-06-26 11:16:09 AM  
Aw, isn't that precious? The puffed up media-proletariat strutting like peacocks. "They're not like us, that means they're insane!"

I saw this reel on Movietone News. It was a Communist Agitator yelling spittle at a crowd of cucumbers.
 
2013-06-26 11:18:22 AM  

Vectron: I thought "mental illness" was like the gay. We're all supposed to love it and celebrate it now.


Equating homosexuality and mental illness, how refreshingly old-timey.

Glad fark's resident Victorian-era psychotherapist could take a moment step away from the cocaine and castration anxiety and weigh in with some outmoded wisdom.
 
2013-06-26 11:25:58 AM  
who are four people who have never been in my kitchen
 
2013-06-26 11:30:34 AM  

durbnpoisn: I don't think I've ever met a single person on this planet that isn't just a little bit insane.  Or off this planet, for that matter.


Very few of the people I have met off-planet were insane.
 
2013-06-26 11:30:51 AM  
my guess was black chicks
 
2013-06-26 11:31:24 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: who are four people who have never been in my kitchen


Incorrect, sir.  Both Henry Heinz and I have been there.

/we went together for safety, in case you walked in.
 
2013-06-26 11:32:26 AM  

KimNorth: Today we call it mild  Asperger disorder, autism and or ADHD


Didn't aspergers go away as a diagnosis recently?  I thought I saw that on Fark.  It's just part of the autism spectrum now.
 
2013-06-26 11:33:05 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: Aw, isn't that precious? The puffed up media-proletariat strutting like peacocks. "They're not like us, that means they're insane!"


The puffed up media-protelariat have a lot in common with the denizens on the politics tab.
 
2013-06-26 11:33:16 AM  

Galloping Galoshes: durbnpoisn: I don't think I've ever met a single person on this planet that isn't just a little bit insane.  Or off this planet, for that matter.

Very few of the people I have met off-planet were insane.


You sure none of had... SPACE MADNESS?
 
2013-06-26 11:33:46 AM  

Galloping Galoshes: durbnpoisn: I don't think I've ever met a single person on this planet that isn't just a little bit insane.  Or off this planet, for that matter.

Very few of the people I have met off-planet were insane.


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Might agree?
 
2013-06-26 11:33:58 AM  

brap: Vectron: I thought "mental illness" was like the gay. We're all supposed to love it and celebrate it now.

Equating homosexuality and mental illness, how refreshingly old-timey.

Glad fark's resident Victorian-era psychotherapist could take a moment step away from the cocaine and castration anxiety and weigh in with some outmoded wisdom.


You want to bury your big, bushy, beard in that man's sweaty ass? Go crazy!
 
2013-06-26 11:37:46 AM  
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Old!
 
2013-06-26 11:42:07 AM  
I rather suspect that the human brain operates best within certain parameters. If it is too high performing then things tend to go haywire elsewhere. Maybe not clinical mental illness, but at least people being extremely eccentric. Hell, Nikolai Tesla fell in love with a damn pigeon.

I have no proof of this suspicion, it just seems that those who are extremely gifted in a given area often end up with some kind of minor neurosis (at least). I wonder if it's just a side effect of being that high performing.
 
2013-06-26 11:43:36 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-06-26 11:43:44 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: he get's a pass.


I'll give you a pass on that apostrophe. This time.
 
2013-06-26 11:45:18 AM  

Fano: You sure none of had... SPACE MADNESS?


As I read that I heard an organ in the background.  duh-DUHHHHH!!!
 
2013-06-26 11:46:35 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: StoPPeRmobile: he get's a pass.

I'll give you a pass on that apostrophe. This time.


That would be an apastrophe.
 
2013-06-26 11:47:00 AM  

KimNorth: Today we call it mild  Asperger disorder, autism and or ADHD.


No, those wont get you anywhere. The best mental disorder is sociopathy, and as a result sociopaths rule our corporations and governments. Egocentric backstabbing maniacs who are very good at pretending to be nice and sociable.
 
2013-06-26 11:49:30 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: who are four people who have never been in my kitchen


*you are the cause of my golf clap*. Wit, brevity and all that.  Correlate that.
 
2013-06-26 11:50:19 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: StoPPeRmobile: he get's a pass.

I'll give you a pass on that apostrophe. This time.


Thought you would pick up on the cheekiness.
 
2013-06-26 11:59:14 AM  
Ok. They would have fit in perfectly on Fark.  Your point?
 
2013-06-26 12:01:01 PM  

durbnpoisn: I don't think I've ever met a single person on this planet that isn't just a little bit insane.  Or off this planet, for that matter.


Exactly.

/I tell the monsters, "Everyone's sick in the head in some way or another. The trick is to figure out who's crazy in which way."
//The monsters know our family is crazy. It reassures them to know so is everyone else.
 
2013-06-26 12:07:08 PM  
So, rigorous desire for advancement is a mental illness?

They simply wanted to perfect things.  Most of what they cited for Jobs was just getting annoyed with design flaws and some old fashioned OCD pet peeves.  They don't mention Howard Huges level lock-yourself-in-a-hotel-room crazy.  Or bring up Henry Ford "The Jews are after me" paranoia.

/actually they might have, I didn't finish the article
//It's long, boring, and mostly obvious
 
2013-06-26 12:12:28 PM  

mike_d85: So, rigorous desire for advancement is a mental illness?

They simply wanted to perfect things.  Most of what they cited for Jobs was just getting annoyed with design flaws and some old fashioned OCD pet peeves.  They don't mention Howard Huges level lock-yourself-in-a-hotel-room crazy.  Or bring up Henry Ford "The Jews are after me" paranoia.

/actually they might have, I didn't finish the article
//It's long, boring, and mostly obvious




It's funny watching the retirees. Their craziness is front and center, without power.

You sound nutz.
 
2013-06-26 12:17:18 PM  

CruJones: "Insane" does not seem accurate after reading TFA


FTA, Steve Jobs sounds like a fuking HUGE douchenozzle.

/ Being labeled as a "genius" is not license for acting like a jagoff.
 
2013-06-26 12:23:55 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: who are four people who have never been in my kitchen


Dammit, came here to say that...
 
2013-06-26 12:25:44 PM  

trickymoo: CruJones: "Insane" does not seem accurate after reading TFA

FTA, Steve Jobs sounds like a fuking HUGE douchenozzle.

/ Being labeled as a "genius" is not license for acting like a jagoff.




Off-the-shelf parts that look like Star Trek shiat is not genius.
 
2013-06-26 12:31:37 PM  

KimNorth: Today we call it mild  Asperger disorder, autism and or ADHD.


And proceed to fill them with drugs until they are "normal"
 
2013-06-26 12:33:55 PM  
As Pam Kerwin, the marketing director at Pixar during Jobs' hiatus from Apple, told me, "He would carefully go over every document a million times and would pick up on punctuation errors such as misplaced commas." And if anything wasn't just right, Jobs could throw a fit. He was a difficult and argumentative boss who had trouble relating to others. But Jobs could focus intensely on exactly what he wanted

What was his Fark handle?
 
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