August 3


The Weird Diets of 4 Historic Scientists

By Peter Julian

August 3, 2019

People like to emulate the habits of successful people, but copying the dietary habits of legendary scientists would lead into some unusual places. Pythagoras was a vegetarian due to his belief that, after death, human souls could pass into the bodies of animals. He also held a more mysterious aversion to beans. Nikola Tesla also avoided beans, because he felt that acidic foods like beans, peas or fish were unhealthy. Albert Einstein became a vegetarian in his old age, not for the reasons of Pythagoras, but because of his conscience. Finally, Charles Darwin went from sampling eagle and owl meat as a student at Cambridge to eating armadillos and rodents during his journeys on the HMS Beagle.

Key Takeaways:

  • The ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras opposed not just eating meat, but eating beans as well.
  • As a student at Cambridge, Charles Darwin was a member of the Glutton Club, dedicated to eating strange flesh, such as hawk and owl meat.
  • Scientist Nikola Tesla thought acid-producing foods were unhealthy, so he rejected peas, beans and fish.

“Whether you’re talking about Elon Musk or Benjamin Franklin, a curious public is dying to know their work habits, sleep habits, favorite books, and even what they eat, all in the hope of getting a little bit of that success for themselves.”

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