Geniuses & cranks

A famous psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso assert that genius and insanity go together. Some famous people – writers, musicians, philosophers, had their vagaries, which are not well-known, but could seem funny, interesting and sometimes scaring.
For example, a German composer Robert Schumann began to suffer from insanity bouts at the age of 4 years, and at the age of 46 he lost his mind. He was followed by talking tables and he saw the sounds that later were formed into the chords and musical phrases. Well, it was for a good cause.
An English writer James Harrington imagined that his thoughts flew out of his mouth in the form of bees and birds, and he used to clutch his broom to drive them away. As you can guess that looked pretty strange.
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