David Wehar , Updated February 17, Historical figures—throughout school, we have been taught about them, admired them, and heard all sorts of wonderful things about them. But throughout history, there have always been assholes. Getting your name in the history books in no way precludes being one. But Gandhi was not as innocent as people would like you to believe. Though known for his stance against violence, Gandhi admitted to abusing and beating his wife.
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How did he become famous? What the hell was the Iran-Contra scandal? While a member of the National Security Council, this jerk sold arms to our enemies in Iran. He then took the boatloads of money he made and gave it to a bunch of right-wing commandos in Nicaragua, which was completely illegal. The money was laundered through some fascist Lousiana banker. What a surprise. Other horrors committed by the Contras against their Sandanista foes are actually too sick to report here.
These two modern day classics were later packaged together and sold as The Pocket Book of Boners. They were married for 40 years before his wife committed suicide after fighting cancer and various illnesses for 13 years. How does this make Dr. Seuss an asshole? Well, he cheated on the love of his life who was dying of cancer with someone much younger than himself, Audrey Dimond, who at the time was married and had children.
Dickens was a grade-A asshole, and especially to his family. There was…the feeling that he had too many sons needing to be educated and launched into the world, boys he found noisy and difficult to communicate with, boys who seemed to be inheriting the worst characteristics of both side of the family—indolence, passivity and carelessness with money. He also bgan an affair with Ellen Ternan, an actress 27 years younger than him, while still married to his first wife Catherine. In , Grant pulled a typical asshole move and lost the best thing he ever had, Elizabeth Hurley.