Since it seems like every movie star, athlete and politician is just a sex scandal waiting to happen, you could almost think that it's not possible to be a prominent person without also having an utterly depraved sex life behind the scenes. And looking back at some of the great people in history... well, you'll see...
1. ALBERT EINSTEIN
Time Magazine's 'Man of the Century' is arguably the most famous scientist in history, and perhaps you wouldn't think that the emperor of all geekdom would be as popular with women as he was with the US military but...when he wasn't splicing atoms he was the biggest womaniser in science. Married twice (once to his cousin) he cheated on both women with at least ten others. In his defence Einstein did present his wives with a list of rules that included "expect neither intimacy nor fidelity".
3. JAMES JOYCE
4. JOAN CRAWFORD
This oscar winner and infamous mother struggled her entire life to control and maintain her perfect 'Hollywood' image, but her off-screen shenanigans are as enduring as those eyebrows. Her film career started in the 1920's when she danced naked in short arcade peep show films (which she tried in vain to cover up), but it was her penchant for rough 'play' and her indiscriminate taste for both men and women that really got people talking. Betty Davis once said that she had "slept with every star at MGM, of both sexes". Naughty then, but today that'd probably get her a reality show on cable.
5. PERCY GRAINGER
You may not know much about the man whose contribution to classical music is still being felt today, but Grainger once earned the equivalent of $3 million a year. When he passed away he left his money to the University of Melbourne, but he also donated countless photos of himself, 83 whips and a pair of his own shorts - because he was a huge fan of BDSM. Percy had an entire room of his mansion covered in mirrors so he could watch his wife dominate him, taking pictures of the whole scene. He meticulously chronicled every session. Organised AND Kinky.
6. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
7. JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU
8. VICTOR HUGO
A visionary author, whose texts practically invented the term 'science fiction' was as active in the bedroom as he was in Napoleonic politics. In addition to his love of throwing a good orgy with his wife (they had an open marriage), Hugo was a huge fan of feet, even taking the time to add some sketches of his favourite feet to his huge collection of self-drawn pics.
And there you have it: History Lessons, MaXXX style.