Strange Secret Habits of the World’s Most Famous Geniuses

If there’s one thing that seems to go hand in hand, is the fact that being bright also comes with a unique set of quirks.  That is glaringly obvious in the examples below!

Read on to discover some of the quirkiest secret habits of three of the world’s most famous geniuses.


Albert Einstein

Even though no one would ever think to question how intelligent Einstein is nowadays, that wasn’t true while he was growing up.  He really struggled as a child in areas concerning language and appeared to be rather sluggish.  He also struggled with authority and was known to be very stubborn.

However, it was these traits that contributed to Einstein’s sense of wonder, and his ability to question some of life’s most basic elements.  Some of his oddest habits included how he would literally have tears streaming down his face when he’d witness beautiful scenes of nature, or while playing his violin.

He even once plucked a grasshopper off of the ground, and ate it right in front of his chauffeur!

Nikola Tesla

Tesla is well known for his achievements surrounding electricity, and the sheer number of inventions borne out of his mind.  However, he also had his fair share of quirks.

He started working each day around 3am, and wouldn’t finish until 11pm – causing him to suffer a mental breakdown at the young age of 25.  Other quirks include his famous celibacy, his love for pigeons and his intense dislike of jewelry, or overweight women.

Thomas Edison

Tesla wasn’t the only one who had an odd sleeping habit – Edison was known to have a “polyphasic sleep cycle”, which is a sleep pattern that enabled him to free up more hours during the day by taking a series of short naps.

Other quirks involved how he required any research associates under his employ to undergo a rather rigorous interview process.  This involved having them eat a bowl of soup, where Edison would take note of whether they seasoned it before tasting.

If they added salt without tasting it first, Edison would immediately disqualify them.  He reasoned that if they added salt beforehand, they would be the type to automatically make assumptions.