by Ernest Hilbert on 03/04/09 at 10:21 am
5. Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln: February 12, 1809. Had Darwin died on April 15, 1865, he never would have published The Descent of Man, with his bold assertion that humans are descended from apes. And 1860 was a pivotal year for both men—On the Origin of Species was published at the end of 1859, and 1860 saw its impact expand throughout the world. 1860 was also the year Lincoln was elected president and saw the southern states begin their secession from the union.
4. George W. Bush and Sylvester Stallone: July 6, 1946. One is a guy who is perceived to be a bit of a lunkhead with delusions of grandeur and a speech impediment, who gained fame through playing at being a warrior, playing a guy blundering around killing people in foreign countries such as Afghanistan, and pretending to be a Vietnam veteran.
3. Sigmund Freud and Robert Peary: May 6, 1856: The father of modern psychiatry and the man who claimed to have reached the geographic North Pole (but was almost certainly lying).
2. Sir Winston S. Churchill and Lucy Maud Montgomery: November 30, 1874. Montgomery was a famous Canadian writer familiar to millions as the author of the Anne of Green Gables perpetual beloved staple of young girls’ reading. But it’s Churchill who has the Nobel Prize in Literature. While Churchill was busy being born in a closet shockingly few months after his parents’ marriage, Montgomery was being born halfway around the world to a father who would soon embark upon giving her the miserable childhood that seems so common amongst children’s authors.
1. Ariel Sharon and Fats Domino: February 26, 1928
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