Scientists are a notoriously strange bunch.
After all, it helps to be a little bit different to pursue ideas that no one else believes in. Many scientists have had eccentric or prickly personalities, while others were polymaths who couldn't understand the limitations of other people's feeble brains. And quite a few have gone to extraordinary lengths in their quest for knowledge, with both terrifying and hilarious results.
From Tycho Brache's tame elk to Paul Erdős' amphetamine-fueled math benders, here are 10 of the strangest facts about the world's most famous scientists and mathematicians. [Top 10 Mad Scientists]