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Old March 18th, 2010, 07:10 AM   #41

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Charles II of Spain may be the most in-bred human being ever. 3 of his male ancestors married their nieces; one of whom was his father.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 08:44 AM   #42

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In-breeding was quite typical of most early ruling classes. The Egyptians were among the worst, being required to marry sisters or mothers to maintain the "royal" bloodline, and the Romans were into it as well, so much so that epilepsy became known as the "disease of kings".
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Old March 18th, 2010, 07:35 PM   #43

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I'm fascinated by the lack of attention that was paid at the time to Franklin Roosevelt's obvious post-polio handicap. Whenever I see a picture of him that doesn't disguise his legs, it's plain to me that, in spite of the baggy pants of that time, his legs were seriously withered and that that you never saw him walk anywhere. Nevertheless, it appears that most people at the time were dimly aware of it or chose to not see it. In our contemporary world where we want to know everything about politicians, and practically want their medical records turned into a web site, I can't imagine that we would ever not know something like that. I also wonder if we would elect a president who couldn't walk.
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omg! if we are talking about creativity(all walks of life, but artists and writers first), well, then sure, some sort of mental thing will be going on there, you can bet on that.... there are so many.... several already mentioned above, plus ..... Charles Dickens - depression, Ernest Hemingway - suicidal depression, Sylvia Plath -struggled with depression all her life ending up taking her own life.... the list is endless really, just too long...
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omg! if we are talking about creativity(all walks of life, but artists and writers first), well, then sure, some sort of mental thing will be going on there, you can bet on that.... there are so many.... several already mentioned above, plus ..... Charles Dickens - depression, Ernest Hemingway - suicidal depression, Sylvia Plath -struggled with depression all her life ending up taking her own life.... the list is endless really, just too long...

Indeed its a depressing list, to which should be added the man in skizzerflake's Avatar.
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Old March 21st, 2010, 07:58 PM   #46

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omg! if we are talking about creativity(all walks of life, but artists and writers first), well, then sure, some sort of mental thing will be going on there, you can bet on that.... there are so many.... several already mentioned above, plus ..... Charles Dickens - depression, Ernest Hemingway - suicidal depression, Sylvia Plath -struggled with depression all her life ending up taking her own life.... the list is endless really, just too long...
And the Lincolns, both Abraham and Mary Todd, with their depressions. Hers was more external and regarded as "hysterical" at the time, his was internal, as he sometimes disappeared for a while when things got too heavy. I think his medical history would have ruled him out as a president today.
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Hitler apparently suffered from parkinson's and may have even had drug problems

im honestly surprised that no one brought that up before i did!
Yep!

And he only had 1 ball!

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Yep!

And he only had 1 ball!

lol, really?
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The other is in the Albert Hall.
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And what about Caligula? oh boy! was he a violent fruitcake wasnt he.... meningitis, epilepsy whatever it was he had..... what a total and absolute nutcase.

Long live the Roman Empire! LOL (joking....joking )


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