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レディ・プレイヤー1 ジャパン・プレミア レッドカーペット スティーヴン・スピルバーグ. Credit: Dick Thomas Johnson from Tokyo, Japan (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)
レディ・プレイヤー1 ジャパン・プレミア レッドカーペット スティーヴン・スピルバーグ. Credit: Dick Thomas Johnson from Tokyo, Japan (CC BY 2.0)
In October 2002, Steven Spielberg was awarded a restraining order against a woman named Diana Louisa Napolis, who claimed that Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, were part of a "satanic cult" that had implanted a microchip in her brain."To state the obvious," Spielberg said in a statement to the court, "I am not involved with any form of manipulating Ms. Napolis's mind or body through remote technology or otherwise."[Spielberg later joked that the plot, or something like it, might make for an interesting movie!]
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David Bowie performing in 2002. Credit: Photobra|Adam Bielawski. Derivative work: Wikipedia user Y2kcrazyjoker4 (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
David Bowie performing in 2002. Credit: Photobra|Adam Bielawski. Derivative work: Wikipedia user Y2kcrazyjoker4 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
David Bowie's mother Peggy was an emotionally unavailable woman who never kissed him. "There was no sign of affection any time," Dudley Chapman, David's childhood friend, once recalled. "It was a very cold household. She'd feed him, clothe him, do all the mother's things, but there was no cuddling." On one occasion, 14-year-old David came home, ran upstairs, threw himself onto his bed, and started crying about something that had happened at school. His aunt Pat, who was also there, asked Peggy if she was going to see what was wrong. "She went up," Patlater recalled, "but being such an unemotional person, she was unable to give him a hug or a cuddle to make him feel better. David turned ...
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When his brother, Ludwig II, died in 1886, Otto became king, despite the insanity which had plagued him since 1872 (and often resulted in his confinement to a locked room). After Otto was advised that, in order to remain healthy, he should shoot a peasant every day, a plentiful supply of actors (and blank ammunition) was kept on hand by his wily handlers. The source of this unusual advice? The "spirits" who lived in Otto's dresser drawers.
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Portrait of President Harry S. Truman (ca. 1947). Credit: National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. Harry S. Truman Library. (Public domain)

Portrait of President Harry S. Truman (ca. 1947). Credit: National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. Harry S. ...(more)

In 1949, Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, frustrated with bureaucratic resistance to his proposals, was deemed ineffective and relieved of his duties by President Harry Truman. Forrestal, grappling with depression, began to act erratically. Convinced that he was the victim of a vast conspiracy, he announced that he was being tracked by Israeli secret agents and began to search rooms and closets for bugs and spies. Unsurprisingly, Forrestal was soon diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and (on April 2nd) admitted to a distinguished visitor suite at Bethesda Naval Hospital for observation. Though he showed signs of recovery, on May 22nd he tied one end of this bathrobe belt around his neck and the other to a radiator pipe, and promptly ...
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Coulsdon South Station
David Bowie performing in 2002. Credit: Photobra|Adam Bielawski. Derivative work: Wikipedia user Y2kcrazyjoker4 (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
David Bowie performing in 2002. Credit: Photobra|Adam Bielawski. Derivative work: Wikipedia user Y2kcrazyjoker4 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
One day in January 1985, David Bowie's 47-year-old schizophrenic half brother, Terry Burns, committed suicide by lying down in front of a speeding train in Coulsdon, south of London. Though Bowie, fearful of attracting unwanted attention from the press, did not attend the funeral, he did send a basket of chrysanthemums along with a card which read: "You've seen more things than we could imagine but all these moments will be lost, like tears washed away by the rain. God bless you, David."
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Country Music legend George Jones late 1970s (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Country Music legend George Jones late 1970s (CC BY-SA 3.0)
"In 1979, ravaged by cocaine and alcohol, George Jones experienced some difficulty onstage at a Nashville club. The wobbly country star could open his mouth, but he was unable to sing. 'My friend Deedoodle [a duck] is going to take over this show, because Deedoodle can do what George Jones can't,' the singer improvised. Jones sang the entire set in a Donald Duck-inspired quack." [Deedoodle was later joined in Jones's troubled head by another 'character': a drawling old-timer.]
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Sirhan Sirhan on February 9, 2016. His 15th parole hearing was scheduled for the following day, February 10, in San Diego. Credit: California Department of Corrections (Public domain)

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Sirhan B. Sirhan, who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, was an Arab born in Jerusalem to Christian parents. He later explained that he had believed Kennedy supported the sale of fighter jets to Israel and hoped to kill a future president who he knew would have been friendly with Israel. Sirhan told psychological profiler Robert Ressler that he had heard voices telling him to assassinate Kennedy &, on one occasion, when looking in a mirror, he recalled feeling his face cracking and falling into pieces to the floor. Both are manifestations of paranoid schizophrenia.
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Ellen Burstyn at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Poliwood. Credit: David Shankbone (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0">CC BY 3.0</a>)
Ellen Burstyn at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Poliwood. Credit: David Shankbone (CC BY 3.0)
In 1964, Ellen Burstyn married fellow actor Neil Burstyn, but the union was turbulent. Neil Burstyn was schizophrenic; he would have episodes of violence, and eventually left her. He attempted to come back to her, but she rejected him, ultimately divorcing him in 1972. In her autobiography, Lessons in Becoming Myself, Burstyn revealed that he stalked her over a period of six years after she divorced him. He eventually broke into her house and raped her, but no charges were filed, as spousal rape was not yet legally a crime. He committed suicide in 1978, upon which his parents sent Burstyn a telegram stating "Congratulations, you've won another Oscar; Neil killed himself."
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Dr. William Chester Minor (June 22, 1834 – March 26, 1920) was an American army surgeon and one of the largest contributors of quotations to the Oxford English Dictionary. He was also held in a lunatic asylum from 1872 to 1910 after he murdered George Merrett. Part of his story is dramatized in The Professor and the Madman (film). A scene in this movie dramatizes when this photo was taken before leaving the English asylum. Credit: Unknown (Public domain)

Dr. William Chester Minor (June 22, 1834 – March 26, 1920) was an American army surgeon and one of the ...(more)

William Chester Minor, famed for his contributions to what became the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), struggled with his sexuality and was committed to a psychiatric hospital from 1872 to 1910 after he murdered a man named George Merrett, who Minor believed had broken into his room. According to Wikipedia:  Minor's condition deteriorated and in 1902, due to delusions that he was being abducted nightly from his rooms and conveyed to places as far away as Istanbul, and forced to commit sexual assaults on children, he cut off his own penis (autopenectomy) using a knife he had employed in his work on the dictionary. ...  Minor was released in 1910 on the orders of Home Secretary Winston Churchill. He was deported ...
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In 1967, with Pink Floyd's single "See Emily Play" climbing the charts, the band was invited to perform on "Top of the Pops." Frontman Syd Barrett, always unpredictable, did not disappoint. "Before they went on," EMI producer Norman Smith later recalled, "they went into makeup. I was waiting for them in their dressing room. As soon as they walked in, I saw Syd and he looked wonderful, so straightaway I made the mistake of saying, 'Syd, you look absolutely wonderful!' Ans he went, 'What?' and he walked over to the mirror, saw himself, [grunted] 'Ughhh,' and immediately scuffed up all his hair, got tissues and started wiping off the makeup. And I thought, 'What am I going to do with ...