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  1. dotmatrix at |

    *Glenn Gould

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  2. Peter Boucher at |

    Glenn Gould goes down as one of histories greatest hypochondriacs. Certainly of the 20th century. He was so bad that he took 60 different medications a DAY due to side effects from other medications. In other words when medicine gave him side effects, he always had another type of medication to alleviate the side effects. There is a story about him when he was gearing up for a performance in Sarasota, Fla in the SUMMERTIME. Imagine how hot and humid it was but Gould wore outside a winter overcoat, A wool hat, and winter gloves. The Sarasota Police arrested him and brought him to the police station. When the police were told who they had in custody, they let him go Scott Free. He also had a clairvoyant vision of dying at the age of 50. In 1982, he died……….at the age of 50.

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  3. Peter Boucher at |

    How about Howie Mendel, the comedian ???

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  4. darkknight9761 at |

    Fascinating list. Some of the people on the list surprised me, (Florence Nighingale for one). I kept waiting for Howard Hughes to show up, and sure enough he was #1. An earlier comment was made about Howie Mandel. I’d forgotten about his germaphobia. I don’t think, however, that his phobias are a paralyzing as those on this list. He is, however, eccentric.

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      To darkknight : You have brought up an interesting point in that there is a difference between someone with a phobia and someone who is a chondriac. I’ll have to dig in and see what I can come up with. Thank You for pointing that out.

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  5. Dennis at |

    What about Mrs. Potter on “The Great Gildersleeve?”

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  6. New Biography at |

    Great listing. But i think Florence Nightingale should be on the top of the list as, she has done various social works.

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  7. Mayra at |

    Rather than hypochondriacs, these people might be described as suffering from OCD (obsessive -compulsive disorder) No doubt they were/are geniuses but there is a lot of madness within genius.

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      To Mayra. I totally agree with you as far as geniuses and madness. Just look at No.1 Howard Hughes. It is documented that he was mentally insane, but his innovations will live on for decades perhaps centuries. I did some research on phobias and there is one called Anemophobia……Its people who have a fear of AIR !!! Yes, the air that we breath. I’ll never figure that one out

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  8. Top Ten Lists at |

    I agree with Mayra lol, Somehow Einstein comes in mind when reading this list though (refering to the famous picture of him with his tongue out lol)

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