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Most Famous Dreams

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These dreams made history by leading to a creative masterpiece, a discovery or some otherwise significant upset in history.

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Friedrich August Kekule dreamt that a snake of atoms grabbed hold of its own tail, forming a circle, which led to his discovery that the Benzene molecule had a circular structure. Report Abuse
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Up until that point, it was believed that the Benzene molecule had a linear structure.
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Friedrich August Kekule dreamt of "two smaller atoms untied to form a pair; how a larger one embraced the two smaller ones; how still larger ones kept hold of three or even four of the smaller; whist the whole kept whirling in a giddy dance," which eventually led to his Structural Theory. Report Abuse
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Before his discovery, the tetravalent nature of carbon was unknown.
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Otto Loewi dreamt up the design of the experiment that would become the foundation of his theory of chemical transmission of the nervous impulse that won him a Nobel Prize. Report Abuse
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An important scientific discovery that wouldn't have been possible without a dream.
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Elias Howe dreamt that he was taken captive by a tribe who danced around him with spears that had holes near the tips, which led to his successful invention of the sewing machine. Report Abuse
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Without the sewing machine life today would certainly be different!
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Mary Shelley dreamt of a a pale student who created a "hideous phantasm of a man," which became the premise for "Frankenstein." Report Abuse
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President Abraham Lincoln, in a premonition, dreamt of his funeral in which a soldier told him the President was killed by an assassin. Report Abuse
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he also dreamt the same dream the day before his assassination
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Lincoln dreamt this just a few days prior to his actual assassination.
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Srinivasa Ramunujan, India's greatest mathematician, often dreamt of the Hindu goddess Namakkal who would present him with mathematical formulae, all of which led to his contributions to analytical theory of numbers, elliptical functions, continued fractions and infinite series. Report Abuse
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Stephen King has turned to his dreams for inspiration in crafting many of his novels, including "Misery" and "It." Report Abuse
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Louis Agassiz dreamt for three consecutive nights that he saw a fish in perfect original condition, which led to his classification of a fossil fish that he was struggling with in his "Poissons Fossiles." Report Abuse
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Robert Louis Stevenson dreamt up "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," which was completed within a ten-week span. Report Abuse
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Madame C.J. Walker, who suffered from a scalp infection that made her lose her hair, dreamt of a man who told her what to mix up in her hair, and after mixing up the concoction, which really did make her hair grow she became a self-made millionaire. Report Abuse
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Hitler had a dream that inspired him to jump out of a trench just moments before everyone in it was killed by a shell that stuck and blew up. Report Abuse
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Paul McCartney dreamt of the tune for "Yesterday." Report Abuse
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Sitting Bull dreamt of soldiers falling from the sky into his camp upside down who were given up to him because they wouldn't listen to the great spirit. Report Abuse
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Jack Nicklaus invented a new golf swing after dreaming that he was holding his golf club in a different position then he typically did. Report Abuse
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