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On this website, we’ve tried to describe what it feels like to be a genius. But geniuses such as Einstein and Richard Feynman also liked to have fun, just like the rest of us. Many of Benjamin Franklin’s best inventions were created to enhance his leisure activities.

Robin Lloyd writes in LiveScience.com that sex led many of them astray, just like it does the rest of us. Albert Einstein liked to date other women, besides his wife. His second wife was his first cousin, with whom he lived for five years before he divorced his first wife. Despite being in a wheelchair, Stephen Hawking had an affair with his nurse that led to a divorce from his first wife. Richard Feynman liked to visit strip clubs, where he said he got some of his best ideas.
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A couple of years ago, we reported on the bizarre story of a German cannibal who ate a willing victim he met on the internet, in a bizarre sadomasochistic act. Cannibalism is actually not as uncommon as you might think, even among humans. In the past, it was sometimes done in an attempt to gain the strength and courage of the person being eaten, but in modern times, desperately hungry people resort to it surprisingly often.
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An economist says that U.S. policy in the Middle East is driven by baseless fears that an “oil weapon” can cut off our fuel supply.

Roger J. Stern argues that the decades-old belief that petroleum-rich Persian Gulf nations must be appeased to keep oil flowing is imaginary and the threat of deployment of an “oil weapon” is bogus. He contends that untapped oil supplies are abundant, not scarce.

The real security problem, according to Stern, comes from market power. Persian Gulf oil producers collude to command artificially high prices that could never exist in a competitive market, producing excessive OPEC profits.
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