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3rd Dec '16 11:46:49 PM NickTheSwing
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** 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.


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2nd Dec '16 9:28:52 PM ElectroKraken
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* Artur Schopenhauer critiques Philosophers in general as being [=Cloudcuckoolanders=] who work within realms of theory that are detached from reality.

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* Artur Arthur Schopenhauer critiques Philosophers in general as being [=Cloudcuckoolanders=] who work within realms of theory that are detached from reality.
2nd Dec '16 9:23:32 PM ElectroKraken
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* Creator/RobertCrumb: Draws weird comics where he fulfills his perverted sexual dreams, often with antropomorphic characters and comicbook creatures. In real life he enjoys having piggy back rides on the back of strong women. But when you see the documentary made about his life, "Crumb" (1994) you quickly realize he is actually the most sane member of his entire family!

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* Creator/RobertCrumb: Draws weird comics where he fulfills his perverted sexual dreams, often with antropomorphic anthropomorphic characters and comicbook creatures. In real life he enjoys having piggy back rides on the back of strong women. But when you see the documentary made about his life, "Crumb" (1994) you quickly realize he is actually the most sane member of his entire family!
1st Dec '16 9:32:05 AM Twentington
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* Chris Martin of Music/Coldplay comes across this way; he made up two characters named "Mylo" and "Xyloto", he gets wacky during live performances, and some fans do not have the even slightest idea what he is talking about in some of his interviews. Furthermore, a lot of the band's songs have WordSaladLyrics and the music video to "Paradise" is strange.

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* The Jon from Music/SteamPoweredGiraffe fits this to a T. Between his song lyrics ("Floating down aimlessly/Atop a swirling tree/Blue ribbons in the apple sky/One thing is on my mind!") and his desire to ride a quesadilla, he's undoubtedly the most out-there of the band.
* Chris Martin of Music/Coldplay Music/{{Coldplay}} comes across this way; he made up two characters named "Mylo" and "Xyloto", he gets wacky during live performances, and some fans do not have the even slightest idea what he is talking about in some of his interviews. Furthermore, a lot of the band's songs have WordSaladLyrics and the music video to "Paradise" is strange.
24th Oct '16 9:07:18 PM N1KF
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* Creator/JhonenVasquez: He has hypnophobia, is partial to certain words (such as "doom"), tends to draw macabre cartoons and has strange posts on Twitter and Tumblr. When the ''Invader Zim'' comics were first announced, Vasquez stated, "I'm always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn't in my head. I try to imagine the world for all those people who don't know what Zim's been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place."
* Creator/HieronymusBosch: Not much is known about his life, but judging how bizarre and colorful his visions of Hell are in his paintings you really wonder where he got all his ideas? Other medieval painters painted Hell too, but nowhere as vivid and obsessive as he did.
* Creator/RobertCrumb: Draws weird comics where he fulfills his perverted sexual dreams, often with antropomorphic characters and comicbook creatures. In real life he enjoys having piggy back rides on the back of strong women. But when you see the documentary made about his life, "Crumb" (1994) you quickly realize he is actually the most sane member of his entire family!
* Creator/SalvadorDali: Acted just as surreal as his paintings. Wore a fake pointy moustache, had a pet ocelot and a lobster telephone.
%%* Creator/StanLee is essentially this trope to the power of itself.
* Bai Ling - in her own words: "I'm not really in reality. I'm in my own universe and my mind is a million miles somewhere else." She also claims that she comes from the moon.
* Creator/ShigesatoItoi, and it shows in [[Videogame/EarthBound his work]]! His case regularly leads to TheCuckoolanderWasRight.
* Creator/EiichiroOda, the creator of ''Manga/OnePiece''.
* Pom, creator of the ''ComicStrip/PietPienterEnBertBibber'' series. He was a ReclusiveArtist who never did any book signings and only allowed a few interviews in his lifetime. All he did during them was badmouth all his colleagues and even his fans. He once sued an interviewer, claiming he never met him. But the journalist had kept a recording of their conversation and could easily prove the interview had actually happened.
* Hideaki Sorachi, a manga writer famous for Manga/{{Gintama}}. If the series doesn't convince you, [[http://sorachi-says.tumblr.com/ try reading his omake comments]].
* Creator/AndyWarhol: Made movies that are basically LeaveTheCameraRunning and unwatchable. When asked what he wanted to express with them he just said: "Eh... nothing."

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* There are quite a lot of creatures in the animal kingdom who showcase weird behaviour from a human point of view. Of course, they can't help it. It's their instinct.
* Cats: Ever seen a cat lick itself clean? It's amazing what weird and time consuming positions they undertake to get this done instead of just taking an actual wash.
* Sloths: They will always climb down their tree to relieve themselves on the ground. Not only is this extremely tedious to just get there, but they are also very vulnerable for predators down there.

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* Creator/FranzKafka: Just from reading his books you wonder what went on in his mind? He might have been aware of it, because despite writing a lot of stories he told his friend to burn them after his death. Luckily for us he didn't.
* Creator/DrSeuss. Don't deny it, just read one of his books. '''Any''' one of his books. The proof is in the pudding, boys and girls.
** [[RhymesOnADime Watch how each story unfurls. With a zobbity-zoo and boinchenkles too, You'll need your tongues to be loose, whenever you are quoting Dr. Seuss.]]
*** (Or, if you want to [[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounce his name accurately]]) A limber tongue is your choice, whenever you are quoting Dr. Seuss.

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* They usually have the advantage that everyone assumes they are joking.
* The late Creator/GrahamChapman is always described by the other Pythons as being "in his own world"- clearly a very peculiar man to fathom.
** Creator/EricIdle relates in one book the story of a woman who declared that, what with Graham being gay and all, he should be stoned because she'd been reading the parts of the Bible that appealed to her homophobia. So the Pythons took him out and got him stoned. "Of course, Graham was pretty stoned most of the time anyway..."
* [[Series/TheNanny Fran Drescher]], who believes she was abducted by aliens.
* Creator/NoelFielding could give many of the examples on this page a run for their money. His wardrobe is full of bright clashing colours and patterns that include metallic gogo boots, dresses, victorian era gothic formal wear, and hats with animal ears attached. His art is an indescribable mix of cartooney style strangeness that range from amusing to disturbing. He co-wrote ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', and writes ''Series/NoelFieldingsLuxuryComedy'', obviously, two of the strangest tv shows out there, and in real life he's prone to making up strange stories (Once claimed he found a door in Kanye West's chest and got trapped in it while trying to reach Soho), and stringing together odd words to form hilarious sentences (Once threatened to cut open someone's pillow using a motorcycle made of jealousy). His brother Michael is very similar if his twitter is anything to go by; supposedly their senses of humour stemmed from their parents being absurdly youthful when they had children and were always surrounding the two boys with parties and drugs.
* English comedian Milton Jones. "Hello! I am the Messiah! And the queen is a biscuit!"
* Creator/AndyKaufman, and not just because of his taste in jokes. A typical story from his real life: before he learned he was terminally ill with cancer, he not only conceived of a "99 Cent Tour" where the tickets would cost exactly 99 cents, but considered surprising one of those audiences with the revelation that they were all going to go on a cruise with him. Immediately. There would be luggage prepared for everyone...
%%* Serginho Mallandro, a famous Brazilian comedian.
* Creator/TheMarxBrothers: From their movies alone you'd already assume that they are quite daft. But there are also numerous anecdotes about their real life surrealities. Some of them may be just studio PR, but they still tie in with their mad image. For instance, Harpo Marx once went to a restaurant with some people. When it was time to say goodbye, Harpo shook hands with his guests and all the silverwear he had stolen fell out of his sleeves!
* Creator/SpikeMilligan: The nuttiest of all the ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' members. The only one to actually insult Prince Charles in his very presence. The prince naturally didn't mind, because he's a Goon fan.
* Creator/KarlPilkington started off as the producer of Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow, but was soon added to the cast when Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant decided his thought process was too bizarre not to share with the world. It got to the point that in the show's initial radio run, [[RealityIsUnrealistic people accused him of being an actor playing a character because no one can possibly be as strange as him in real life]].
* Maria Bamford. Listen to any of her routines, and you'll swear the woman lives in her own dimension.

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* 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.

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* Creator/FedericoFellini: Just a look at the surreal and decadent GrotesqueGallery in his movies would be sufficient. Fellini himself also said that he didn't understand the difference between reality and fantasy in his life. He often choose actors on how bizarre they looked (hunchbacks, dwarfs, giants, obese women,...) and even made them more bizarre by having them wear prosthetics, weird costumes and hairdos and such. But still his movies have both a disturbing as well as a happy carefree atmosphere.
* Creator/StanleyKubrick: Strove for extreme perfection in his movies by doing zillions of takes and trying to get everything exactly as he envisioned it in frame. Also the prototype of the ReclusiveArtist, who hardly appeared in public and gave no interviews. Also had a tendency to work with actors during his movies, then just distance himself from them after the film was done.
* 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.
* Tommy Wiseau. If ''Film/TheRoom'' didn't sell just how weird he is, reading Greg Sestero's book ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' will definitely make you realize it.
* Creator/ErichVonStroheim: Also a noted perfectionist who actually went to Death Valley in Utah to film in the scorching desert to make his film ''Film/{{Greed}}'', instead of on a set. The film was '''over 9 hours long (!)''', but nevertheless marked as a masterpiece. Unfortunately it was trimmed to just two hours in length. Stroheim also pretended to be of Austrian nobility and a decorated military officer throughout his lifetime. Only after his death it turned out this was just a fantasy of his.
* Creator/EdWood: Ignoring his cross-dressing antics this man made some of the most amateurish movies of all time, almost like a child who is given total control over a film project and just wants it made, not understanding the fine difference between his own fabulous imagination and how laughably bad the movies actually are.

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\n[[AC:Artists (Painters, Sculptors, Comic Strip Artists, Cartoonists)]]\n* Creator/JhonenVasquez: He has hypnophobia, is partial to certain words (such as "doom"), tends to draw macabre cartoons and has strange posts on Twitter and Tumblr. When the ''Invader Zim'' comics were first announced, Vasquez stated, "I'm always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn't in my head. I try to imagine the world for all those people who don't know what Zim's been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place."\n* Creator/HieronymusBosch: Not much is known about his life, but judging how bizarre and colorful his visions of Hell are in his paintings you really wonder where he got all his ideas? Other medieval painters painted Hell too, but nowhere as vivid and obsessive as he did. \n* Creator/RobertCrumb: Draws weird comics where he fulfills his perverted sexual dreams, often with antropomorphic characters and comicbook creatures. In real life he enjoys having piggy back rides on the back of strong women. But when you see the documentary made about his life, "Crumb" (1994) you quickly realize he is actually the most sane member of his entire family! \n* Creator/SalvadorDali: Acted just as surreal as his paintings. Wore a fake pointy moustache, had a pet ocelot and a lobster telephone.\n%%* Creator/StanLee is essentially this trope to the power of itself.\n* Bai Ling - in her own words: "I'm not really in reality. I'm in my own universe and my mind is a million miles somewhere else." She also claims that she comes from the moon.\n* Creator/ShigesatoItoi, and it shows in [[Videogame/EarthBound his work]]! His case regularly leads to TheCuckoolanderWasRight.\n* Creator/EiichiroOda, the creator of ''Manga/OnePiece''.\n* Pom, creator of the ''ComicStrip/PietPienterEnBertBibber'' series. He was a ReclusiveArtist who never did any book signings and only allowed a few interviews in his lifetime. All he did during them was badmouth all his colleagues and even his fans. He once sued an interviewer, claiming he never met him. But the journalist had kept a recording of their conversation and could easily prove the interview had actually happened. \n* Hideaki Sorachi, a manga writer famous for Manga/{{Gintama}}. If the series doesn't convince you, [[http://sorachi-says.tumblr.com/ try reading his omake comments]].\n* Creator/AndyWarhol: Made movies that are basically LeaveTheCameraRunning and unwatchable. When asked what he wanted to express with them he just said: "Eh... nothing." \n\n[[AC:Animals]]\n* There are quite a lot of creatures in the animal kingdom who showcase weird behaviour from a human point of view. Of course, they can't help it. It's their instinct.\n* Cats: Ever seen a cat lick itself clean? It's amazing what weird and time consuming positions they undertake to get this done instead of just taking an actual wash. \n* Sloths: They will always climb down their tree to relieve themselves on the ground. Not only is this extremely tedious to just get there, but they are also very vulnerable for predators down there. \n\n[[AC:Authors]]\n* Creator/FranzKafka: Just from reading his books you wonder what went on in his mind? He might have been aware of it, because despite writing a lot of stories he told his friend to burn them after his death. Luckily for us he didn't. \n* Creator/DrSeuss. Don't deny it, just read one of his books. '''Any''' one of his books. The proof is in the pudding, boys and girls.\n** [[RhymesOnADime Watch how each story unfurls. With a zobbity-zoo and boinchenkles too, You'll need your tongues to be loose, whenever you are quoting Dr. Seuss.]]\n*** (Or, if you want to [[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounce his name accurately]]) A limber tongue is your choice, whenever you are quoting Dr. Seuss.\n\n[[AC:Comedians]]\n* They usually have the advantage that everyone assumes they are joking.\n* The late Creator/GrahamChapman is always described by the other Pythons as being "in his own world"- clearly a very peculiar man to fathom.\n** Creator/EricIdle relates in one book the story of a woman who declared that, what with Graham being gay and all, he should be stoned because she'd been reading the parts of the Bible that appealed to her homophobia. So the Pythons took him out and got him stoned. "Of course, Graham was pretty stoned most of the time anyway..."\n* [[Series/TheNanny Fran Drescher]], who believes she was abducted by aliens.\n* Creator/NoelFielding could give many of the examples on this page a run for their money. His wardrobe is full of bright clashing colours and patterns that include metallic gogo boots, dresses, victorian era gothic formal wear, and hats with animal ears attached. His art is an indescribable mix of cartooney style strangeness that range from amusing to disturbing. He co-wrote ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', and writes ''Series/NoelFieldingsLuxuryComedy'', obviously, two of the strangest tv shows out there, and in real life he's prone to making up strange stories (Once claimed he found a door in Kanye West's chest and got trapped in it while trying to reach Soho), and stringing together odd words to form hilarious sentences (Once threatened to cut open someone's pillow using a motorcycle made of jealousy). His brother Michael is very similar if his twitter is anything to go by; supposedly their senses of humour stemmed from their parents being absurdly youthful when they had children and were always surrounding the two boys with parties and drugs.\n* English comedian Milton Jones. "Hello! I am the Messiah! And the queen is a biscuit!"\n* Creator/AndyKaufman, and not just because of his taste in jokes. A typical story from his real life: before he learned he was terminally ill with cancer, he not only conceived of a "99 Cent Tour" where the tickets would cost exactly 99 cents, but considered surprising one of those audiences with the revelation that they were all going to go on a cruise with him. Immediately. There would be luggage prepared for everyone...\n%%* Serginho Mallandro, a famous Brazilian comedian.\n* Creator/TheMarxBrothers: From their movies alone you'd already assume that they are quite daft. But there are also numerous anecdotes about their real life surrealities. Some of them may be just studio PR, but they still tie in with their mad image. For instance, Harpo Marx once went to a restaurant with some people. When it was time to say goodbye, Harpo shook hands with his guests and all the silverwear he had stolen fell out of his sleeves! \n* Creator/SpikeMilligan: The nuttiest of all the ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' members. The only one to actually insult Prince Charles in his very presence. The prince naturally didn't mind, because he's a Goon fan.\n* Creator/KarlPilkington started off as the producer of Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow, but was soon added to the cast when Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant decided his thought process was too bizarre not to share with the world. It got to the point that in the show's initial radio run, [[RealityIsUnrealistic people accused him of being an actor playing a character because no one can possibly be as strange as him in real life]].\n* Maria Bamford. Listen to any of her routines, and you'll swear the woman lives in her own dimension.\n\n[[AC:Criminals]]\n* 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.\n\n[[AC:Film Directors]]\n* Creator/FedericoFellini: Just a look at the surreal and decadent GrotesqueGallery in his movies would be sufficient. Fellini himself also said that he didn't understand the difference between reality and fantasy in his life. He often choose actors on how bizarre they looked (hunchbacks, dwarfs, giants, obese women,...) and even made them more bizarre by having them wear prosthetics, weird costumes and hairdos and such. But still his movies have both a disturbing as well as a happy carefree atmosphere. \n* Creator/StanleyKubrick: Strove for extreme perfection in his movies by doing zillions of takes and trying to get everything exactly as he envisioned it in frame. Also the prototype of the ReclusiveArtist, who hardly appeared in public and gave no interviews. Also had a tendency to work with actors during his movies, then just distance himself from them after the film was done. \n* 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.\n* Tommy Wiseau. If ''Film/TheRoom'' didn't sell just how weird he is, reading Greg Sestero's book ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' will definitely make you realize it. \n* Creator/ErichVonStroheim: Also a noted perfectionist who actually went to Death Valley in Utah to film in the scorching desert to make his film ''Film/{{Greed}}'', instead of on a set. The film was '''over 9 hours long (!)''', but nevertheless marked as a masterpiece. Unfortunately it was trimmed to just two hours in length. Stroheim also pretended to be of Austrian nobility and a decorated military officer throughout his lifetime. Only after his death it turned out this was just a fantasy of his. \n* Creator/EdWood: Ignoring his cross-dressing antics this man made some of the most amateurish movies of all time, almost like a child who is given total control over a film project and just wants it made, not understanding the fine difference between his own fabulous imagination and how laughably bad the movies actually are. \n\n[[AC:Musicians]][[/folder]]

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* 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.

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* Russians: [[ThatRussianSquatDance Have a weird dance where people sit on their squat]][[note]]Though [[BeamMeUpScotty contrary to popular belief,]] 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.




[[AC:Philosophers]]
* Artur 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}}
** Creator/FriedrichNietzsche once called {{Jesus}} an "idiot". On account of [[HavingAGayOldTime language shift]] (and translation issues), it's probable that he didn't think Jesus was ''stupid'', but rather living in his own world--i.e. a [=Cloudcuckoolander=].
* Ludwig von Mises used the term "Cloud-Cuckoo lands" explicitly in one of his essays to refer to [[TakeThat the utopian 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.

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\n[[AC:Philosophers]]\n* Artur Schopenhauer critiques Philosophers in general as being [=Cloudcuckoolanders=] who work within realms of theory that are detached from reality. \n* 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}}\n** Creator/FriedrichNietzsche once called {{Jesus}} an "idiot". On account of [[HavingAGayOldTime language shift]] (and translation issues), it's probable that he didn't think Jesus was ''stupid'', but rather living in his own world--i.e. a [=Cloudcuckoolander=].\n* Ludwig von Mises used the term "Cloud-Cuckoo lands" explicitly in one of his essays to refer to [[TakeThat the utopian societies proposed by certain economic thinkers of the early 1900s.]]\n* 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. \n\n[[AC:Politicians]][[/folder]]

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* Creator/ChuckBarris, creator of ''Series/TheGongShow'' and ''Series/TheNewlywedGame''. He was known for alleging that he worked for the CIA, as seen in his book ''Confessions of a Dangerous Mind''. As host of ''Gong'', he often came across as very aloof.
* Creator/PalomaFaith has managed to amaze viewers of ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' by being Noel's equal in complete batshit crazy. The two of them together were weird enough that the fans decided that they needed to start dating.
* Political and pop cultural commentator Greg Gutfeld, aka the host of Series/RedEyeWithGregGutfeld. Although in fairness he acts like this only for satirical purposes.
** And his "repulsive sidekick" Bill Schultz.
* Radio/SarahKennedy: British radio presenter. Her performance style on radio was characterised by fumbling, bumbling, on-air gaffes, ocassional lapses into non-politically correct jokes and references, and the suggestion that she sometimes arrived at work in an over-medicated state.
* Creator/PatrickMoore, amateur astronomer and host of ''Series/TheSkyAtNight'', who always wore a HighClassGlass and had very old-fashioned opinions about feminism, the European Union and immigrants. Also played the xylophone.
* Creator/JimmySavile had this reputation during his lifetime. He always walked around in jogging suits, while smoking cigars at the same time and making weird faces and bizarre comments of the DidIJustSayThatOutLoud variety. His audience was often surprised, shocked or embarrassed by some of his quotes and behaviour, but he got away with it because people didn't take it seriously at the time. After his death, when allegations of his sexual behaviour against minors became a scandal a lot of his oddball behaviour has been seen in a new light.
* [[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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* 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.

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\n[[AC:Presenters (Radio & TV)]]\n* Creator/ChuckBarris, creator of ''Series/TheGongShow'' and ''Series/TheNewlywedGame''. He was known for alleging that he worked for the CIA, as seen in his book ''Confessions of a Dangerous Mind''. As host of ''Gong'', he often came across as very aloof.\n* Creator/PalomaFaith has managed to amaze viewers of ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' by being Noel's equal in complete batshit crazy. The two of them together were weird enough that the fans decided that they needed to start dating.\n* Political and pop cultural commentator Greg Gutfeld, aka the host of Series/RedEyeWithGregGutfeld. Although in fairness he acts like this only for satirical purposes.\n** And his "repulsive sidekick" Bill Schultz.\n* Radio/SarahKennedy: British radio presenter. Her performance style on radio was characterised by fumbling, bumbling, on-air gaffes, ocassional lapses into non-politically correct jokes and references, and the suggestion that she sometimes arrived at work in an over-medicated state.\n* Creator/PatrickMoore, amateur astronomer and host of ''Series/TheSkyAtNight'', who always wore a HighClassGlass and had very old-fashioned opinions about feminism, the European Union and immigrants. Also played the xylophone. \n* Creator/JimmySavile had this reputation during his lifetime. He always walked around in jogging suits, while smoking cigars at the same time and making weird faces and bizarre comments of the DidIJustSayThatOutLoud variety. His audience was often surprised, shocked or embarrassed by some of his quotes and behaviour, but he got away with it because people didn't take it seriously at the time. After his death, when allegations of his sexual behaviour against minors became a scandal a lot of his oddball behaviour has been seen in a new light.\n* [[Main/AmazingPhil Phil Lester]], BBC Radio 1 host and Website/YouTube vlogger known for his eccentric, whimsical, and near-childlike personality.\n* [[{{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?\n\n[[AC:Scientists]]\n* Where the fine line between genius and insanity is often crossed.\n* 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.\n* 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.\n\n[[AC: Sports [[/folder]]

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* Creator/JhonenVasquez: He has hypnophobia, is partial to certain words (such as "{{doom|yDoomsOfDoom}}"), tends to draw macabre cartoons and has strange posts on Twitter and Tumblr. When the ''Invader Zim'' comics were first announced, Vasquez stated, "I'm always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn't in my head. I try to imagine the world for all those people who don't know what Zim's been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place."
* Creator/HieronymusBosch: Not much is known about his life, but judging how bizarre and colorful his visions of Hell are in his paintings you really wonder where he got all his ideas? Other medieval painters painted Hell too, but nowhere as vivid and obsessive as he did.
* Creator/RobertCrumb: Draws weird comics where he fulfills his perverted sexual dreams, often with antropomorphic characters and comicbook creatures. In real life he enjoys having piggy back rides on the back of strong women. But when you see the documentary made about his life, "Crumb" (1994) you quickly realize he is actually the most sane member of his entire family!
* Creator/SalvadorDali: Acted just as surreal as his paintings. Wore a fake pointy moustache, had a pet ocelot and a lobster telephone.
%%* Creator/StanLee is essentially this trope to the power of itself.
* Bai Ling - in her own words: "I'm not really in reality. I'm in my own universe and my mind is a million miles somewhere else." She also claims that she comes from the moon.
* Creator/ShigesatoItoi, and it shows in [[Videogame/EarthBound his work]]! His case regularly leads to TheCuckoolanderWasRight.
* Creator/EiichiroOda, the creator of ''Manga/OnePiece''.
* Pom, creator of the ''ComicStrip/PietPienterEnBertBibber'' series. He was a ReclusiveArtist who never did any book signings and only allowed a few interviews in his lifetime. All he did during them was badmouth all his colleagues and even his fans. He once sued an interviewer, claiming he never met him. But the journalist had kept a recording of their conversation and could easily prove the interview had actually happened.
* Hideaki Sorachi, a manga writer famous for Manga/{{Gintama}}. If the series doesn't convince you, [[http://sorachi-says.tumblr.com/ try reading his omake comments]].
* Creator/AndyWarhol: Made movies that are basically LeaveTheCameraRunning and unwatchable. When asked what he wanted to express with them he just said: "Eh... nothing."

[[AC:Animals]]
* There are quite a lot of creatures in the animal kingdom who showcase weird behaviour from a human point of view. Of course, they can't help it. It's their instinct.
* Cats: Ever seen a cat lick itself clean? It's amazing what weird and time consuming positions they undertake to get this done instead of just taking an actual wash.
* Sloths: They will always climb down their tree to relieve themselves on the ground. Not only is this extremely tedious to just get there, but they are also very vulnerable for predators down there.

[[AC:Authors]]
* Creator/FranzKafka: Just from reading his books you wonder what went on in his mind? He might have been aware of it, because despite writing a lot of stories he told his friend to burn them after his death. Luckily for us he didn't.
* Creator/DrSeuss. Don't deny it, just read one of his books. '''Any''' one of his books. The proof is in the pudding, boys and girls.
** [[RhymesOnADime Watch how each story unfurls. With a zobbity-zoo and boinchenkles too, You'll need your tongues to be loose, whenever you are quoting Dr. Seuss.]]
*** (Or, if you want to [[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounce his name accurately]]) A limber tongue is your choice, whenever you are quoting Dr. Seuss.

[[AC:Comedians]]
* They usually have the advantage that everyone assumes they are joking.
* The late Creator/GrahamChapman is always described by the other Pythons as being "in his own world"- clearly a very peculiar man to fathom.
** Creator/EricIdle relates in one book the story of a woman who declared that, what with Graham being gay and all, he should be stoned because she'd been reading the parts of the Bible that appealed to her homophobia. So the Pythons took him out and got him stoned. "Of course, Graham was pretty stoned most of the time anyway..."
* [[Series/TheNanny Fran Drescher]], who believes she was abducted by aliens.
* Creator/NoelFielding could give many of the examples on this page a run for their money. His wardrobe is full of bright clashing colours and patterns that include metallic gogo boots, dresses, victorian era gothic formal wear, and hats with animal ears attached. His art is an indescribable mix of cartooney style strangeness that range from amusing to disturbing. He co-wrote ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', and writes ''Series/NoelFieldingsLuxuryComedy'', obviously, two of the strangest tv shows out there, and in real life he's prone to making up strange stories (Once claimed he found a door in Kanye West's chest and got trapped in it while trying to reach Soho), and stringing together odd words to form hilarious sentences (Once threatened to cut open someone's pillow using a motorcycle made of jealousy). His brother Michael is very similar if his twitter is anything to go by; supposedly their senses of humour stemmed from their parents being absurdly youthful when they had children and were always surrounding the two boys with parties and drugs.
* English comedian Milton Jones. "Hello! I am the Messiah! And the queen is a biscuit!"
* Creator/AndyKaufman, and not just because of his taste in jokes. A typical story from his real life: before he learned he was terminally ill with cancer, he not only conceived of a "99 Cent Tour" where the tickets would cost exactly 99 cents, but considered surprising one of those audiences with the revelation that they were all going to go on a cruise with him. Immediately. There would be luggage prepared for everyone...
%%* Serginho Mallandro, a famous Brazilian comedian.
* Creator/TheMarxBrothers: From their movies alone you'd already assume that they are quite daft. But there are also numerous anecdotes about their real life surrealities. Some of them may be just studio PR, but they still tie in with their mad image. For instance, Harpo Marx once went to a restaurant with some people. When it was time to say goodbye, Harpo shook hands with his guests and all the silverwear he had stolen fell out of his sleeves!
* Creator/SpikeMilligan: The nuttiest of all the ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' members. The only one to actually insult Prince Charles in his very presence. The prince naturally didn't mind, because he's a Goon fan.
* Creator/KarlPilkington started off as the producer of Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow, but was soon added to the cast when Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant decided his thought process was too bizarre not to share with the world. It got to the point that in the show's initial radio run, [[RealityIsUnrealistic people accused him of being an actor playing a character because no one can possibly be as strange as him in real life]].
* Maria Bamford. Listen to any of her routines, and you'll swear the woman lives in her own dimension.

[[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:Film Directors]]
* Creator/FedericoFellini: Just a look at the surreal and decadent GrotesqueGallery in his movies would be sufficient. Fellini himself also said that he didn't understand the difference between reality and fantasy in his life. He often choose actors on how bizarre they looked (hunchbacks, dwarfs, giants, obese women,...) and even made them more bizarre by having them wear prosthetics, weird costumes and hairdos and such. But still his movies have both a disturbing as well as a happy carefree atmosphere.
* Creator/StanleyKubrick: Strove for extreme perfection in his movies by doing zillions of takes and trying to get everything exactly as he envisioned it in frame. Also the prototype of the ReclusiveArtist, who hardly appeared in public and gave no interviews. Also had a tendency to work with actors during his movies, then just distance himself from them after the film was done.
* 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.
* Tommy Wiseau. If ''Film/TheRoom'' didn't sell just how weird he is, reading Greg Sestero's book ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' will definitely make you realize it.
* Creator/ErichVonStroheim: Also a noted perfectionist who actually went to Death Valley in Utah to film in the scorching desert to make his film ''Film/{{Greed}}'', instead of on a set. The film was '''over 9 hours long (!)''', but nevertheless marked as a masterpiece. Unfortunately it was trimmed to just two hours in length. Stroheim also pretended to be of Austrian nobility and a decorated military officer throughout his lifetime. Only after his death it turned out this was just a fantasy of his.
* Creator/EdWood: Ignoring his cross-dressing antics this man made some of the most amateurish movies of all time, almost like a child who is given total control over a film project and just wants it made, not understanding the fine difference between his own fabulous imagination and how laughably bad the movies actually are.

[[AC:Philosophers]]
* Artur 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}}
** Creator/FriedrichNietzsche once called {{Jesus}} an "idiot". On account of [[HavingAGayOldTime language shift]] (and translation issues), it's probable that he didn't think Jesus was ''stupid'', but rather living in his own world--i.e. a [=Cloudcuckoolander=].
* 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:Presenters (Radio & TV)]]
* Creator/ChuckBarris, creator of ''Series/TheGongShow'' and ''Series/TheNewlywedGame''. He was known for alleging that he worked for the CIA, as seen in his book ''Confessions of a Dangerous Mind''. As host of ''Gong'', he often came across as very aloof.
* Creator/PalomaFaith has managed to amaze viewers of ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' by being Noel's equal in complete batshit crazy. The two of them together were weird enough that the fans decided that they needed to start dating.
* Political and pop cultural commentator Greg Gutfeld, aka the host of Series/RedEyeWithGregGutfeld. Although in fairness he acts like this only for satirical purposes.
** And his "repulsive sidekick" Bill Schultz.
* Radio/SarahKennedy: British radio presenter. Her performance style on radio was characterised by fumbling, bumbling, on-air gaffes, ocassional lapses into non-politically correct jokes and references, and the suggestion that she sometimes arrived at work in an over-medicated state.
* Creator/PatrickMoore, amateur astronomer and host of ''Series/TheSkyAtNight'', who always wore a HighClassGlass and had very old-fashioned opinions about feminism, the European Union and immigrants. Also played the xylophone.
* Creator/JimmySavile had this reputation during his lifetime. He always walked around in jogging suits, while smoking cigars at the same time and making weird faces and bizarre comments of the DidIJustSayThatOutLoud variety. His audience was often surprised, shocked or embarrassed by some of his quotes and behaviour, but he got away with it because people didn't take it seriously at the time. After his death, when allegations of his sexual behaviour against minors became a scandal a lot of his oddball behaviour has been seen in a new light.
* [[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?

[[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.



* It's safe to say most or all [[LetsPlay Let's Players]] are this, at least from the perspective of someone not familiar with them. Some are very [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan]], some are [[{{Keet}} hyperactive]], some are just [[LargeHam hammy]], but to some extent all of them grip onto reality with a glove soaked in butter. That said, it's frequently an act for comedic effect, and can range in severity depending on the game they're playing, with it being usually toned down for more serious games.

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* It's safe to say most or all [[LetsPlay Let's Players]] are this, at least from the perspective of someone not familiar with them. Some are very [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan]], {{deadpan|Snarker}}, some are [[{{Keet}} hyperactive]], some are just [[LargeHam hammy]], but to some extent all of them grip onto reality with a glove soaked in butter. That said, it's frequently an act for comedic effect, and can range in severity depending on the game they're playing, with it being usually toned down for more serious games.


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* The Chinese: Bound the feet of all 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?

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* The Chinese: Bound the feet of all 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?
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* 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.
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* That Poppy. Claims the name "descended from the heavens and into [her] lap", occasionally speaks in the third [[ThirdPersonPerson person]], and when asked how old she was an in interview, she claimed not to identify with an age. To say nothing of her [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JE00xTMBOqKs7o0grFTfQ YouTube channel]], which is full of bizarre videos directed by her guitarist and fellow CloudCuckoolander, Titanic Sinclair.
24th Sep '16 1:59:43 AM Valaraukar
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* Russians: [[ThatRussianSquatDance Have a weird dance where people sit on their squat]]. Also take baths in ice cold water.

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* Russians: [[ThatRussianSquatDance Have a weird dance where people sit on their squat]]. Also 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.water, a trait that they share with some Canadians.
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* [[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]].
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