History BadassBookworm / RealLife

16th Jun '16 2:20:06 PM SoapheadChurch
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* Most African-American civil rights leaders fit this trope.
** UsefulNotes/FrederickDouglass taught himself to read and was an excellent orator. He also gave such a bad beatdown to a slavedriver known as "The negro breaker" in defense of himself that the slavedriver never tried to raise a hand against him again.
** UsefulNotes/MalcolmX was a former criminal who was so good with numbers that he was able to run a lottery without ever writing down the tickets. After spending time in prison and becoming a member of the Nation of Islam, he gave himself an extensive education, including reading the dictionary cover-to-cover, and carefully studying Gregor Mendel's ''Findings in Genetics'', H.G. Wells' ''Outline of History'', and the works of Schopenhauer and Kant. When he got out of prison, he quickly became one of the most celebrated and feared civil rights leaders in the country.

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* Most African-American civil rights leaders fit this trope.
** UsefulNotes/FrederickDouglass
[[UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica FrederickDouglass]] taught himself to read and was an excellent orator. He also gave such a bad beatdown to a slavedriver known as "The negro breaker" in defense of himself that the slavedriver never tried to raise a hand against him again.
** * UsefulNotes/MalcolmX was a former criminal who was so good with numbers that he was able to run a lottery without ever writing down the tickets. After spending time in prison and becoming a member of the Nation of Islam, he gave himself an extensive education, including reading the dictionary cover-to-cover, and carefully studying Gregor Mendel's ''Findings in Genetics'', H.G. Wells' ''Outline of History'', and the works of Schopenhauer and Kant. When he got out of prison, he quickly became one of the most celebrated and feared civil rights leaders in the country.country.
* UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli is best known for being a nearly unbeatable champion boxer, but he was also a masterful poet who came up with rhyming taunts on the fly. Later in life, he also became a voracious reader, amassing a knowledge of Islamic literature and the works of Sufi mystics that would put traditional scholars to shame.
* [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King, Jr.]] is known in the United States as ''the'' BadassPacifist. It's easy to forget that before his activism he a full-time Baptist minister with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. Iconic images of his personal library shows that it was enormous, and contained everything from the Bible to the works of Mahatma Gandhi to the works of Aristotle, Saint Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas.
16th Jun '16 1:33:00 PM digiman619
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* Doc Holliday, of OK Corral fame, was a well known shootist and gambler. He was also a practicing dentist.
12th Jun '16 11:51:11 AM SoapheadChurch
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** UsefulNotes/MalcolmX.

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** UsefulNotes/MalcolmX.UsefulNotes/MalcolmX was a former criminal who was so good with numbers that he was able to run a lottery without ever writing down the tickets. After spending time in prison and becoming a member of the Nation of Islam, he gave himself an extensive education, including reading the dictionary cover-to-cover, and carefully studying Gregor Mendel's ''Findings in Genetics'', H.G. Wells' ''Outline of History'', and the works of Schopenhauer and Kant. When he got out of prison, he quickly became one of the most celebrated and feared civil rights leaders in the country.
7th Jun '16 2:41:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* Cao Cao, immortalized in the ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. He was, in reality, not just a warrior and a ruler, but also an accomplished poet. He also wrote some commentary on Sun Tzu's TheArtOfWar. Some records depict him as taking time to read every day, even when on military campaign.

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* Cao Cao, immortalized in the ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''.''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. He was, in reality, not just a warrior and a ruler, but also an accomplished poet. He also wrote some commentary on Sun Tzu's TheArtOfWar.Literature/TheArtOfWar. Some records depict him as taking time to read every day, even when on military campaign.
14th Apr '16 11:07:23 AM annieholmes
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** [[Theatre/Hamilton How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?]] He survived illness at about eleven years old, immigrated to the US, fought in the American Revolutionary War, served as George Washington's aide, was the first Treasury Secretary of the United States, founded a newspaper (New York Post) that is still running to this day, established the US' entire economic system (and the National Bank) that his enemies tried and failed to disband. Hamilton's incredible (and destructive) work ethic can be summed up with this quote from the aforementioned stage show:

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** [[Theatre/Hamilton [[Theatre/{{Hamilton}} How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?]] He survived illness at about eleven years old, immigrated to the US, fought in the American Revolutionary War, served as George Washington's aide, was the first Treasury Secretary of the United States, founded a newspaper (New York Post) that is still running to this day, established the US' entire economic system (and the National Bank) that his enemies tried and failed to disband. Hamilton's incredible (and destructive) work ethic can be summed up with this quote from the aforementioned stage show:
14th Apr '16 11:06:57 AM annieholmes
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** [[Theater/Hamilton How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?]] He survived illness at about eleven years old, immigrated to the US, fought in the American Revolutionary War, served as George Washington's aide, was the first Treasury Secretary of the United States, founded a newspaper (New York Post) that is still running to this day, established the US' entire economic system (and the National Bank) that his enemies tried and failed to disband. Hamilton's incredible (and destructive) work ethic can be summed up with this quote from the aforementioned stage show:

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** [[Theater/Hamilton [[Theatre/Hamilton How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?]] He survived illness at about eleven years old, immigrated to the US, fought in the American Revolutionary War, served as George Washington's aide, was the first Treasury Secretary of the United States, founded a newspaper (New York Post) that is still running to this day, established the US' entire economic system (and the National Bank) that his enemies tried and failed to disband. Hamilton's incredible (and destructive) work ethic can be summed up with this quote from the aforementioned stage show:
14th Apr '16 11:01:22 AM annieholmes
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** [[Theater/Hamilton How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?]] He survived illness at about eleven years old, immigrated to the US, fought in the American Revolutionary War, served as George Washington's aide, was the first Treasury Secretary of the United States, founded a newspaper (New York Post) that is still running to this day, established the US' entire economic system (and the National Bank) that his enemies tried and failed to disband. Hamilton's incredible (and destructive) work ethic can be summed up with this quote from the aforementioned stage show:
-->"Alexander joins forces with James Madison and John Jay to write a series of essays defending the new United States Constitution, entitled The Federalist Papers. The plan was to write a total of twenty-five essays, the work divided evenly among the three men. In the end, they wrote eighty-five essays, in the span of six months. John Jay got sick after writing five. James Madison wrote twenty-nine. Hamilton wrote the other fifty-one!"
14th Mar '16 6:25:40 PM Morgaus
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* {{Haruki Murakami}}, who is a novelist, a triathlete and marathon runner (which is the main subject of his memoir).
1st Nov '15 7:22:44 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* Herpetologist Karl P. Schmidt, bitten by an African boomslang snake in the process of identifying it. Realizing that no antivenin for the boomslang's bite existed in North America, and thus how utterly buggered he was, he quietly misinformed his assistant that he believed the snake could not deliver a lethal dose of venom and went home at the end of his work day. The following day he got up, ate a large breakfast, went to work, and [[FaceDeathWithDignity died just after lunchtime]].
26th Oct '15 4:34:33 PM Epicazeroth
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** During WWII, Ayer was an agent for both the SOE and MI6.
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