Hz so good: ..."1806: John Stuart Mill" of his own free will,On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.Plato, they say, could stick it away;Half a crate of whiskey every day.Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle,Hobbes was fond of his dram,And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart: "I drink, therefore I am"Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed;A lovely little thinker but a bugger when he's pissed!
brantgoose: Not many people know this but Grover Cleveland used many pseudonyms. He was President twice, a Supreme Court Justice, and won the Oscar for best supporting actor in a comedy in 1953 as Peter Ustinov. He wrote the works of George Sand and ghost-wrote several novels by Mark Twain, including Puddinghead Wilson.
twiztedjustin: Indira Gandhi, Susan Sontag, Daniel OrtegaWho?
redsquid: Daniel Ortega, Inventor of the taco shell, made the cut. Woot!
silvervial: brantgoose: Not many people know this but Grover Cleveland used many pseudonyms. He was President twice, a Supreme Court Justice, and won the Oscar for best supporting actor in a comedy in 1953 as Peter Ustinov. He wrote the works of George Sand and ghost-wrote several novels by Mark Twain, including Puddinghead Wilson.I have you favorited as "under-appreciated." I hope you appreciate that ;)
red5ish: Hi. Do you know who I am? My name is Jacques Derrida.
Eddie Adams from Torrance: What a stupid list.. I didn't see a single Kardashian on there.
tobd69: 1933 Susan Sontag or James Brown. Hmmmm. Who's more famous????
Candygram4Mongo: Prey4reign: 1889 - Jawaharal Nehru? You know who else was born in 1889?Naw, Hitler's infamous. That's like super-famous.
Relatively Obscure: If people can't identify the most famous people, how famous are they really?
Delta1212: red5ish: Born 1930Hi, remember me? I'm Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the earth's moon.That's right mother farker!! The first man on the MOON. Boo-ya!Born 1930 (more famous than Neil Armstrong)Hi. Do you know who I am? My name is Jacques Derrida.I'm a French philosopher and I developed a form of semiotic analysis knownas deconstruction. What's that you say? Never heard it? Philistine!"Academics cited by other academics (the people who write the most books) tend to be unduly weighted."-N.S. SherlockI realize a lot of people sleep through high school, but do that many people make it all the way through college without having heard of deconstruction?I'm a tech person and even I know what that is. (ish)
red5ish: Delta1212: I realize a lot of people sleep through high school, but do that many people make it all the way through college without having heard of deconstruction?I'm a tech person and even I know what that is. (ish)I know what deconstruction is too, sort of, but an estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television. I'm not making a value judgement about the two men's accomplishments, I'm sure there were other men (or women) who could have been the first on the moon, and there was probably only one Jacques Derrida to invent deconstruction. My point is that there is a clear academic bias in this list. It clearly has yielded some strange results. I know who Margaret Mead is, but is she more famous than Walt Disney? I guess I just don't think "most famous" is the correct title for the people in this list, but it's easier to fit into a headline and is 'sexier' than "most mentioned in the books we've digitalized and made searchable so far".
PillsHere: I'm really surprised Queen Victoria wasn't on this list. I feel like she has been written about a lot and was a great influence on the world during her reign.
Prey4reign: Noticed they listed Mao Zedong for 1893. I guess nobody merely famous was born that year.
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