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40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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The guy who died because he couldn’t cook

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Kurt Gödel was a brilliant mathematician and philosopher credited with discovering theorems that changed the math world. But he was also a troubled man, suffering from extreme paranoia and delusions. He became convinced that people were trying to poison him, so he would only eat food prepared and tasted by his faithful wife Adele. In 1977, Adele fell ill and was hospitalized for six weeks. During that time, Gödel stopped eating altogether. He was admitted to Princeton hospital in 1977, and died two weeks later. His cause of death is listed as “malnutrition and inanition caused by personality disturbance” on his death certificate. At the time of his death, he was 71 years old and weighed just 65 pounds.

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