History CloudCuckoolander / RealLife

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* Creator/WilliamBlake. He was a utopian anarchist and subscribed to a very unusual type of Christianity. He also wrote a large amount of very strange literature, most infamously his prophetic books. While brilliant, these books, such as ''Milton'' and ''Jerusalem'', are notorious among scholars for making [[MindScrew no goddamn sense]].
6th Dec '17 10:33:20 AM Starshock
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* Creator/HPLovecraft. He wished he lived in the Eighteenth Century, lived in his head, had trouble connecting with other people, married a Jewish woman even though he was an Anti-Semite (and apparently he genuinely loved her), found it easier to be affectionate to cats than people, wrote around 75,000 letters, had his own nihilistic philosophy, supported FDR because he though the New Deal was American-style fascism, freaked out after discovering he was part Welsh, and created [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos some of the strangest fiction... ever, probably.]] Weird dude all 'round.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft. He wished he lived in the Eighteenth Century, lived in his head, had trouble connecting with other people, married a Jewish woman even though he was an Anti-Semite (and apparently he genuinely loved her), found it easier to be affectionate to cats than people, wrote around 75,000 letters, had his own nihilistic philosophy, supported FDR because he though the New Deal was American-style fascism, was so racist that he freaked out after discovering he was part Welsh, and created [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos some of the strangest fiction... ever, probably.]] Weird dude all 'round.
22nd Nov '17 7:19:59 PM Starshock
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* Creator/HPLovecraft. He wished he lived in the Eighteenth Century, lived in his head, had trouble connecting with other people, married a Jewish woman even though he was an Anti-Semite (and apparently he genuinely loved her), found it easier to be affectionate to cats than people, had his own nihilistic philosophy, supported FDR because he though the New Deal was American-style fascism, and created [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos some of the strangest fiction... ever, probably.]] Weird dude all 'round.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft. He wished he lived in the Eighteenth Century, lived in his head, had trouble connecting with other people, married a Jewish woman even though he was an Anti-Semite (and apparently he genuinely loved her), found it easier to be affectionate to cats than people, wrote around 75,000 letters, had his own nihilistic philosophy, supported FDR because he though the New Deal was American-style fascism, freaked out after discovering he was part Welsh, and created [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos some of the strangest fiction... ever, probably.]] Weird dude all 'round.
22nd Nov '17 7:11:01 PM Starshock
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* Creator/HPLovecraft. He wished he lived in the Eighteenth Century, lived in his head, had trouble connecting with other people, married a Jewish woman even though he was an Anti-Semite (and apparently he genuinely loved her), found it easier to be affectionate to cats than people, had his own nihilistic philosophy, supported FDR because he though the New Deal was American-style fascism, and created [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos some of the strangest fiction... ever, probably.]] Weird dude all 'round.
23rd Sep '17 9:30:39 AM Fangusu
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[[folder:Nations]]
* Of course everybody looks bizarre in foreigner's eyes and vice versa, but the weird thing about nations is that it is often part of an entire culture!
* The Alpine countries (Austria, Germany, Switserland): Have a dance where people jump around and slap their knees, while singing as if they hiccup [[note]] yodeling [[/note]]. Have an annual feast where a demon comes to get naughty children away [[note]] Krampus [[/note]]
* The Belgians: This is an incredibly small country, yet it is divided in two language communities and regions, who all have their own government. The capital, Brussels, is a stew of both Dutch, French and German and almost a state of its own. All signs, official instantions, laws,... have to be available in both languages by law. One of their national symbols is a small urinating boy, who also has his own statue. [[note]] Manneken Pis [[/note]]
* The British are perhaps the only people who have a direct reputation for being eccentrics. You can seriously fill a book with all the mad royals, dukes, lords, earls, military officers, comedians, actors,... who were born in the UK and ''still'' have room enough for a second volume. The fun part about it is that the English even acknowledge it themselves and enjoy laughing at it. This may be one of the reasons why British Comedy is so popular overseas. This is also a country where judges and lawyers still wear wigs in court, people drive on the left side of the road and used to pause at four o' clock in the afternoon to drink tea together.
* The Canadians: Made a sport out of placing slide stones on a sheet of ice, then moving the stones about by moving sticks around it. [[note]] Curling [[/note]]
* The Chinese: Bound the feet of noble women for centuries, inflicting them with horrible pain. In general crafted ingenious torture methods that could elongate pain for ''days''! Also stick needles into people to cure them, which works bizarrely enough, but the cloud cuckoo part is this: who ''came up'' with this idea?
* The Dutch: Legalized a lot of stuff that is illegal elsewhere (marihuana, porn, prostitution,...). Together with the Belgians they celebrate an annual feast where a [[UsefulNotes/{{Sinterklaas}} bearded Catholic saint brings presents to children, accompanied by white people walking around in blackface.]]
* The French: Eat frogs and snails [[note]] yeah, yeah, we know: not just ''any'' snails: ''escargots'' [[/note]]. Play a game where people throw a heavy shiny metal balls at one tiny little ball [[note]] pétanque or jeu de boules [[/note]].
* The Germans, despite [[GermanicDepressives having the reputation for being too serious]] can also be a bit daft at times. German author Jean Paul once wrote:
--> ''In the beginning, the good God gave to the French the dominion of the land, to the English the dominion of the seas, and to the Germans the dominion of the clouds.''
* The Japanese: Consider suicide "honorable", have game shows where people are sadistically tortured for entertainment value and many films, comic strips and cartoons which are mind boggingly surreal and disturbingly violent. Japanese erotica has a taboo about showing genitals, but tentacle rape is for some reason quite OK. Obese halfnude people wrestling each other is a sport.
* OnlyInAmerica: the USA also has its fair share of cloud cuckoolanders, all protected by the freedom of speech. And Americans ''adore'' anything that is campy and bizarre. Bad movies and TV series are beloved and celebrated here. [[ProfessionalWrestling Wrestling matches that are actually fake, yet don't bother the fans who adore the campiness]] are big business. This is also a country where school children salute their flag every morning, [[WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames children receive weird names]] and people are divided over issues most other Western countries are not so obsessed about: religion, sex, nudity, gun politics, death penalty, social welfare... Also the only country in the world that doesn't like soccer that much.[[note]]Well, not the ''only'' one... Canadians, Aussies, and Kiwis also don't care for it much. Neither do white South Africans, or the more nationalist among the Irish.[[/note]] [[BreadMilkEggsSquick Oh, and they also invented the]] [[HoYay Gay]] [[LoveIsInTheAir Bomb]].
* Russians: [[ThatRussianSquatDance Have a weird dance where people sit on their squat]][[note]]Though [[BeamMeUpScotty contrary to popular belief]], said squat dance doesn't originate from Russia, nor is it even the country where it is most popular. That'd be Ukraine.[[/note]] They also take baths in ice cold water, a trait that they share with some Canadians.
* Sealand: Located about 12 kilometers from the coast of England that sits atop a now disused World War II era sea fort. Sealand is a micronation which sovereignty is not recognised by any other nation on Earth, despite them claiming so.
* The Spanish, Portuguese and Mexicans: Let people dance around and fight (and used to kill) bulls in a stadium, for entertainment! They even let the bulls loose on the streets for people to run with them in masse during certain festivities.
* The Swiss: Want to stay neutral in all world affairs, yet guard all other countries' money in banks. Only allowed women to vote in 1971, the last Western country to do so!
* The Vatican: A state that is literally one city with a large square. The head of state is an old man with a funny hat.
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[[folder:Politicians]]
* In general, calling politicians insane is often used to insult them. Comparisons to Hitler (GodwinsLaw) are not unusual. Especially dictators are seen as batshit insane, though this is often propaganda. And in past centuries many royals were insane as a result of inbreeding.
* UsefulNotes/IdiAmin: Often appeared to be a ManChild. He once sent president Nixon a letter to offer consolence after he had abdicated because of the Watergate scandal and wished him ''to get well soon''. He also claimed Hitler was ''admirable'' and even adviced other foreign leaders of US and European democratic nations to follow Hitler's example in arresting opponents.
* UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}}: Offered to crown his horse to the position of senator, ordered his troops to collect sea shells, and declared war on Neptune, ordering his troops to march up to the beach and ''stab the ocean'' ...and that's just the amusing stuff.
* Former Libyan dictator UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi. If his odd fashion sense and renaming his country as "Great People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya" weren't enough to tip you off, his AmazonBrigade of BodyguardBabes certainly will. And these things are just the tip of the iceberg.
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeIII: King George's mental illness is well documented and the subject of ''Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge''.
* Charles VI of France believed himself to be made of glass.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler: Many would argue that all of his racial theories are the product of a crazy mind. But Hitler really fell into this trope later in life, when he hid inside his bunker and started to give orders for troops that didn't exist and areas that had already been conquered. He also had a tendency to give his generals strategic advice based on the romantic western novels by Creator/KarlMay. A summary ([[http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/articles/sealionvsoverlord.aspx from this page]]) of UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel's views on the Atlantic Wall: "[I]n his words, "a figment of Hitler's Wolkenkuckucksheim."
** Similarly, the batty and bizarre Rudolf Hess. Hess ended up the Deputy Fuhrer, but his interests were apparently in organic gardening, astrology, and aeronautics among other bizarre ideas (including freaking homeopathy) that presumably only connected in Hess' own mind. He is most notable for, right in the middle of World War II, flying into Scotland and thinking he could bargain for peace only to end up arrested. The fact he looked like a straight laced and boring politician only makes the contrast more odd and potentially amusing.
* UsefulNotes/{{Nero}}: Is said to have fancied himself a wonderful singer, but in reality was dreadful at it. Enjoyed dressing up as an animal and attack people in person in the arena. Though recent historical research has wondered how much of the allegations against him were true or just the product of slander.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton His Imperial Majesty Joshua Norton I of These United States and Protector of Mexico.]] After losing his fortune to a bad turn of luck, he solved his problems by ''declaring himself Emperor''. And the city of San Francisco loved him for it. To this day, he's the only saint of UsefulNotes/{{Discordianism}} who was an actual person.
* UsefulNotes/DanQuayle. Some of his quotes:
** "Let me just tell you how thrilling it really is, and how, what a challenge it is, because in 1988 the question is whether we're going forward to tomorrow or whether we're going to go past to the back!"
** "You take the UNCF model that-- what a waste it is to lose one's mind, or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."
** "Mars is essentially in the same orbit [as Earth]... Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe."
** "The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history... No, not our nation's, but in World War II. I mean, we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century, but in this century's history."
** "It's time for the human race to enter the solar system."
** "The other day [the President] said, I know you've had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. Would you like a puppy?"
** "I made a misstatement and I stand by all my misstatements."
** "I worked in the Attorney General's office and I also worked as the director of the Inheritance Tax Division of Indiana. I was known as the chief grave robber of my state."
** "This is where the Continental Congress met over two hundred years ago during the American Revolution. So, Lancaster was actually the capital of our nation for one day in 1977."
** Unfortunately, sometimes his words are attributed to other people, or spurious quotes are added to what he really did say.
* Former President of UsefulNotes/{{Chile}} Sebastián Piñera is full of this. Google for "Piñericosas" aka the slang word that Chileans use to refer to his eccentricities.
* The whole reason for Vermin Supreme's fame in the early stages of the '12 elections. Naturally, he didn't make it far, but [[MemeticMutation he became a meme, which may have been all he needed]].
* William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham. Undoubtedly one of the greatest and most brilliant of Britain's Prime Ministers, was also unfortunately afflicted with some kind of mental disease, possibly bipolar disorder. Was noted as being highly strung even in an age when dramatic displays where expected of politicians, and frequently butted heads with George III (see above). His final speech was a beautiful piece of rhetoric, yet so disconnected with reality it appeared he believed the American Revolution (whose initial cause he had earlier defended) was some French plot. Then came the Duke of Richmond's reply, and so Chatham rose to speak again...and dropped of an apoplectic fit, dying about a month later.
* Danny Healy-Rae, a TD in Ireland. He made claims that eating a large meal had the same effect on driving as drinking alcohol, that Noah's Ark was more believable than climate change, the paving over fairy forts was responsible for the poor condition of the roads on the Cork-Kerry border and that [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill the Army would be needed to clear out some rhododendrons]].
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[[AC:Criminals]]
* UsefulNotes/CharlesManson. It's difficult to tell whether he says the things he does just for attention, or whether he actually believes that he's Jesus, the Pope, and a box of wine, but the man is clearly quite insane.



[[AC:Philosophers]]
* Arthur Schopenhauer critiques Philosophers in general as being [=Cloudcuckoolanders=] who work within realms of theory that are detached from reality.
* According to Creator/FriedrichNietzsche, concepts and ideas themselves that make up categories and words in so far as they do not appeal directly to any experiences may as well derive from {{Cloudcuckooland}}
* Ludwig von Mises used the term "Cloud-Cuckoo lands" [[TakeThat explicitly in one of his essays]] to refer to the {{utopia}}n societies proposed by certain economic thinkers of the early 1900s.
* Creator/LudwigWittgenstein was possibly the most important philosopher to come out of the 20th century. He was also easily the most eccentric individual in the history of western philosophy. He abandoned his comfy position at Cambridge to go live in a shack in Scandinavia and think about philosophy, he volunteered for suicide missions while serving in the First World War, and while working as an elementary teacher (Because he had given away the family fortune and refused to work as a professor, believing he had solved philosophy) he would beat the children for making mistakes in mathematics.



[[AC:Scientists]]
* Where the fine line between genius and insanity is often crossed.
* Legendary mathematician Paul Erdős stands out as an eccentric even in a field notorious for its eccentrics. For most of his life he lived as a guest of other mathematicians, collaborating on papers and moving on every few months.
* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla: He had an obsession with the number "three" and saw it as his lucky sign. Not to mention that he tried to build a DeathRay. He was also quite fond of pigeons.



[[AC:Miscellaneous]]
* Mark Whitacre, the real-life whistleblower whose life is dramatized in the movie ''The Informant'', is depicted in the movie as being prone to non-sequitur inner monologues and compulsive lying. Whitacre was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during the course of his career, and [[http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/24/news/companies/the_informant_mark_whitacre.fortune/index.htm the real Whitacre says the movie's a pretty accurate depiction]].
* Every idiot you've ever seen on a video trying to do some dangerous stunt, and predictably failing and hurting themselves as a result.
* [[http://sleeptalkinman.blogspot.com/ Sleep talkers]]. No matter how normal they are in every day life, people who talk in their sleep appear to be relaying transmissions directly from {{Cloudcuckooland}}. Anyone who is the subject of a NonSequiturThud will produce something similar.
* To be fair, most tropers either fall into this category naturally or come off as one to their friends assuming their [[WildMassGuessing sense of cognition online]] and [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary jargon]] carry over into the Real World.
* The ''[[HumanityIsInsane entire human race]]'' to a certain degree. Everyone has their own personal quirks that make them who they are.
* People with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizotypal_personality_disorder schizotypal personality disorder]] tend to be this. Typical personality traits of this disorder tend to include odd behavior, odd thinking, and unconventional beliefs.
* [[AllNaturalSnakeOil David]] [[GranolaGuy "Avocado"]] [[NewAgeRetroHippie Wolfe]], a "nutritionist", blogger and [[{{Plagiarism}} poster of videos stolen from other sources with his watermark added to pass them off as his own]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRG82RFP0yU He believes]] [[ArtisticLicensePhysics that salt prevents water from levitating off into the sky]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv4wRtURwZw that chocolate]] [[YouKeepUsingThatWord is an octave of the sun]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhS0ldf9EDA that the earth]] [[FlatEarth is flat]]. [[https://twitter.com/DavidWolfe/status/869320819398373379 He also claims that he will one day be Surgeon General]] [[DelusionsOfGrandeur in spite of the fact that he's not a doctor]].
* A darker example of this is the sovereign citizens movement, a group that believes they belong to their own nation, and are thus exempt from the law of the nation they reside in. They are best known for videos of themselves harassing police officers with pseudo-political jargon in an attempt to evade prosecution, which they themselves have uploaded with the belief that they're in the right. Despite their quirky appearance, the FBI ranks them as a major terrorist threat.
13th Sep '17 1:19:30 PM DracoKanji
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* Creator/DavidLynch. An article once described him as "Jimmy Stewart from Mars," and his interviews contain such gems as "I'm a real thin pancake! I'm right on the edge!" [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext It does ''not'' make sense in context.]] He also wanted to make a sitcom about the sunken continent of Lemuria.

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* Creator/DavidLynch. An article once described him as "Jimmy Stewart from Mars," and his interviews contain such gems as "I'm a real thin pancake! I'm right on the edge!" [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext It does ''not'' make sense in context.]] He also wanted to make a sitcom about the sunken continent of Lemuria. He used to announce the weather while wearing a cowboy hat, which he deemed "quite necessary".
13th Sep '17 11:38:27 AM DracoKanji
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* Creator/DennisQuaid's brother Randy Quaid (known for playing the CloudCuckoolander Cousin Eddie) has a long list of odd behaviours. At one point, he claimed to be targeted by a hit squad called the Star Whackers, who specifically target movie actors. He also once tried to get out of charges for breaking and entering by claiming the bill of sale on the house, which he previously owned, was forged.
13th Sep '17 11:22:50 AM DracoKanji
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* If his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7PD4f5uTOU Old Spice commercials]] are any indication, Terry Crews.

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* If his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7PD4f5uTOU Old Spice commercials]] are any indication, Terry Crews. Interviews on late night talk shows seem to support this, though not quite so loud and extreme.
2nd Sep '17 5:50:57 PM Malady
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* [[Main/AmazingPhil Phil Lester]], BBC Radio 1 host and Website/YouTube vlogger known for his eccentric, whimsical, and near-childlike personality.
* [[{{Nimportequi}} Remi]] [[http://www.youtube.com/user/nqtv Gaillard]]. What other word could describe someone who continued to pull pranks that usually ended up getting him either arrested, assaulted, chased, or any combination of the above; just ForTheLulz?

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* [[Main/AmazingPhil ''WebVideo/AmazingPhil'': The titular Phil Lester]], Lester, BBC Radio 1 host and Website/YouTube vlogger known for his eccentric, whimsical, and near-childlike personality.
* [[{{Nimportequi}} Remi]] [[http://www.youtube.com/user/nqtv Gaillard]]. ''WebVideo/RemiGaillard'': What other word could describe someone who continued to pull pranks that usually ended up getting him either arrested, assaulted, chased, or any combination of the above; just ForTheLulz?
15th Aug '17 11:31:25 AM CynicalBastardo
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* Danny Healy-Rae, a TD in Ireland. He made claims that eating a large meal had the same effect on driving as drinking alcohol, that Noah's Ark was more believable than climate change, the paving over fairy forts was responsible for the poor condition of the roads on the Cork-Kerry border and that [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill the Army would be needed to clear out some rhododendrons]].
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