John Adams drank a tankard of hard cider each day and had the occasional beer for breakfast.
(8) Shigeru Miyamoto
When it comes to video game pioneers, no one can quibble with Miyamoto's credentials.
(4) Mark Twain
Scores of writers have spent their whole lives trying to pen The Great American Novel. Twain may have done it several times.
Had Houdini not succumbed to the ill effects of well-placed sucker punch, he would have been 135 this month. OK, even Houdini couldn't have pulled that one off.
T.S. Eliot, Bob Dylan, Woody Allen and Abraham Lincoln managed to succeed where lesser people have failed by maximizing their ability to connect and communicate with their audience.
(7) Stephen Colbert
America's favorite ultraconservative political commentator may appear on a comedy network, but he's seriously a genius.
(5) Samuel Morse
When you hear the name Samuel Morse, you probably think of him as the inventor of Morse code and the developer of the electric telegraph. But he was more than just an inventor.
(3) Blaise Pascal
If it's possible to be considered a genius and still be underrated, Pascal pulls off the trick.
"A-squared plus B-squared equals C-squared!" You can't even read his name without the equation running through your head, can you?
Plato's record is another one that needs very little introduction. Student of Socrates. Mentor of Aristotle. Allegorist of caves. Writer of dialogues. Father of Platonic realism.
We're excited to have author, journalist, and Brown University senior (he's still a senior!) Kevin Roose blogging with us this week.
The genius world was stunned today by allegations that noted poet Emily Dickinson has been using performance enhancing drugs in her quest to win mental_floss's 2009 "Tournament of Genius.&qu
Today I bring you a truly fascinating talk about irrationality and cheating. Dan Ariely was a burn patient, with burns over 70% of his body.
Almost everyone knows that each state of the Union has its own flag.
Yogi Bear is smarter than the average bear, but he is a bear,Â and bears typically haveÂ four feet.
When it comes to isms, Ferris Bueller, not Trotsky, probably has the most memorable line: "-Ism's in my opinion," he said, "are not good.