A young and very handsome Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907), celebrated italian poet and professor. Among other things, he was responsible for rebirth of the ancient University of Bologna and its literary studies. 
He was also the first italian to win the Nobel prize, no big deal.

A young and very handsome Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907), celebrated italian poet and professor. Among other things, he was responsible for rebirth of the ancient University of Bologna and its literary studies. 

He was also the first italian to win the Nobel prize, no big deal.

Djuna Barnes, writer and journalist of the early twentieth century. 
Probably her most famous work is the novel Nightwood, chronicling the tempestuous and complex relationship of two women, Nora Flood and Robin Vote, but she was also a prolific journalist.  In order to write an article on force-feeding, she submitted to the process of force-feeding: “If I, play acting, felt my being burning with revolt at this brutal usurpation of my own functions, how they who actually suffered the ordeal in its acutest horror must have flamed at the violation of the sanctuaries of their spirits.” (‘How It Feels To Be Forcibly Fed’, New York World 1914).
She was opinionated, divisive, and sometimes problematic…but how could you not have a tiny bit of a crush on this woman?

Djuna Barnes, writer and journalist of the early twentieth century. 

Probably her most famous work is the novel Nightwood, chronicling the tempestuous and complex relationship of two women, Nora Flood and Robin Vote, but she was also a prolific journalist.  In order to write an article on force-feeding, she submitted to the process of force-feeding: “If I, play acting, felt my being burning with revolt at this brutal usurpation of my own functions, how they who actually suffered the ordeal in its acutest horror must have flamed at the violation of the sanctuaries of their spirits.” (‘How It Feels To Be Forcibly Fed’, New York World 1914).

She was opinionated, divisive, and sometimes problematic…but how could you not have a tiny bit of a crush on this woman?

I have a huge history crush on Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. In the early 1960s, this badass mofo fought for a “Malaysian Malaysia”, where every citizen of various race, religion and culture  would be granted equal citizen rights. Unfortunately, the Malaysian government at the time booted him and Singapore out in 1965 due to opposing views, two years after the formation of Malaysia. Leaving him with a small island, less than 2 million Singaporeans and no natural resources, fated for failure.
And guess what?
 This ballsy son of a beech brought Singapore from third world status to first, improved the standard of living by tenfold, built a world class public transportation system and education system. Corruption is almost non-existent in the country and the nation’s GDP is now higher than Malaysia’s. Revenge is his bitch.
 All doing it within the span of 30 years.

I have a huge history crush on Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. In the early 1960s, this badass mofo fought for a “Malaysian Malaysia”, where every citizen of various race, religion and culture  would be granted equal citizen rights. Unfortunately, the Malaysian government at the time booted him and Singapore out in 1965 due to opposing views, two years after the formation of Malaysia. Leaving him with a small island, less than 2 million Singaporeans and no natural resources, fated for failure.

And guess what?

 This ballsy son of a beech brought Singapore from third world status to first, improved the standard of living by tenfold, built a world class public transportation system and education system. Corruption is almost non-existent in the country and the nation’s GDP is now higher than Malaysia’s. Revenge is his bitch.

 All doing it within the span of 30 years.

When he wasn’t making ladies swoon with his crush-worthy ‘stache, only after he relieved them of their cumbersome jewels, Hungarian outlaw Sandor Rosza did a splendid job of making himself a thorn in the side of the pompous officials of the Kingdom of Hungary. Like a Robin Hood—minus tights, helpless maiden and blind side-kick—Sandor was known for stealing for fun as well as stealing just to show he could. He was 23 when he was first caught and thrown in jail. Of course, Sandor found prison a complete bore and left and continued gallivanting about the Hungarian countryside.   At some point, entirely too fed up with trying to stop his pranking them, the Committee of Defense wised up and put Sandor’s potent-masculine-tendency to mess folks up to good use by “employing” (more like “do this or else”) him and his band of betyars(Hungarian version of highwayman) to fight in the 1848 revolution. He and 150 of his men cleaned house and kicked some serious bum, looking totally awesome in the process (it is said that their enemies took one look at the betyars and said, “Why can’t I look that good whilst kicking bum,” and promptly left to talk to their tailors). Afterwards the officials in the government proved how politicians acting like absolute douche bags is a historical tendency by arresting him and throwing him into prison (because that’s how the 19th century Hungarian government said thank you for your service).  Of course this didn’t stop him from still wreaking havoc across the plains. He had a strong network of fellow B.A. folks outside of prison and through them he was able to piss off the new government almost as much as when he was free, thus teaching them where NOT to put peeved betyars. He was released from prison in 1868, not on good behavior since a man like Sandor ain’t no body’s ninny, but again the douche bags in government decided to prove their douche baginess by re-arresting him in 1869. However, in his one year of freedom Sandor was able to rob post coaches and railway trains (cue epic “Great Train Robbery” with Hungarian Rhapsody thrown in for good measure). Sandor lived the rest of his life in prison, content to have the jerk wads who arrested him provide him with food and shelter for the rest of his days, without lifting a finger in the process.

When he wasn’t making ladies swoon with his crush-worthy ‘stache, only after he relieved them of their cumbersome jewels, Hungarian outlaw Sandor Rosza did a splendid job of making himself a thorn in the side of the pompous officials of the Kingdom of Hungary. Like a Robin Hood—minus tights, helpless maiden and blind side-kick—Sandor was known for stealing for fun as well as stealing just to show he could. He was 23 when he was first caught and thrown in jail. Of course, Sandor found prison a complete bore and left and continued gallivanting about the Hungarian countryside. 

At some point, entirely too fed up with trying to stop his pranking them, the Committee of Defense wised up and put Sandor’s potent-masculine-tendency to mess folks up to good use by “employing” (more like “do this or else”) him and his band of betyars(Hungarian version of highwayman) to fight in the 1848 revolution.

He and 150 of his men cleaned house and kicked some serious bum, looking totally awesome in the process (it is said that their enemies took one look at the betyars and said, “Why can’t I look that good whilst kicking bum,” and promptly left to talk to their tailors). Afterwards the officials in the government proved how politicians acting like absolute douche bags is a historical tendency by arresting him and throwing him into prison (because that’s how the 19th century Hungarian government said thank you for your service).

Of course this didn’t stop him from still wreaking havoc across the plains. He had a strong network of fellow B.A. folks outside of prison and through them he was able to piss off the new government almost as much as when he was free, thus teaching them where NOT to put peeved betyars.

He was released from prison in 1868, not on good behavior since a man like Sandor ain’t no body’s ninny, but again the douche bags in government decided to prove their douche baginess by re-arresting him in 1869. However, in his one year of freedom Sandor was able to rob post coaches and railway trains (cue epic “Great Train Robbery” with Hungarian Rhapsody thrown in for good measure).

Sandor lived the rest of his life in prison, content to have the jerk wads who arrested him provide him with food and shelter for the rest of his days, without lifting a finger in the process.

Niels Bohr.  This photo got me through 10th grade chemistry class.

Niels Bohr.  This photo got me through 10th grade chemistry class.

Young Benjamin Disraeli.

Young Benjamin Disraeli.

Beau Brummell was the fabulous man who dandified the world of men’s fashion forever. 

Beau Brummell was the fabulous man who dandified the world of men’s fashion forever. 

Prince William of Gloucester

Prince William of Gloucester

Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky. Russian painter and perfect man.

Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky. 
Russian painter and perfect man.

The Clownesse Cha-u-kao was a friend and model of artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. She was notorious in Paris for her acrobatics and performed at the Moulin Rouge, among other ‘seedy’ venues. Although she entertained male clients, she was a very public lesbian, and her sauciness is not lost in Lautrec’s many prints and paintings of her.

The Clownesse Cha-u-kao was a friend and model of artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. She was notorious in Paris for her acrobatics and performed at the Moulin Rouge, among other ‘seedy’ venues. Although she entertained male clients, she was a very public lesbian, and her sauciness is not lost in Lautrec’s many prints and paintings of her.