Why Did Ludwig Van Beethoven Have Cold Water Poured Over His Head?

Ludwig Van Beethoven, one of the greatest composers of all time, believed that having cold water poured over his head helped him to dream up beautiful music.

Many people called “creative geniuses” have had strange ideas of what helps them create. The famous writer Charles Dickens said his bed always had to face the North Pole because its magnetic forces helped him create.

Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, said he couldn’t write unless he had black ink. A famous poet named Schiller had to keep a supply of rotten apples handy so he could smell them.

The composer Rossini, couldn’t write a note unless he was in bed and under the covers.

Ben Jonson couldn’t write a ‘s’ word unless he had a purring cat, an orange peel, and a cup of tea.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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