Dewey (Of The Decimal System) Was Kicked Out Of His Own Association For Sexual Misconduct
The Dewey Decimal System was named after one Mr. Dewey, obviously. Melvil Dewey was actually born "Melville Dewey," but later legally changed his name to remove some of the redundant letters, perhaps the first sign that not all was normal with him. Or maybe the first sign was how when he was five years old, he alphabetized the spices in his mother's cupboard. At the time this was called being precocious; today we refer to this as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
Dewey was especially obsessed with the number 10, which led him to eventually create his decimal system. He founded the American Library Association and became its president multiple times. But his biggest flaw, colleagues said, was his "persistent inability to control himself around women." When he ran a school at Columbia College, he required that all female applicants provide a photo, and the reasoning he gave was "You cannot polish a pumpkin!" I have no idea what this means, but it somehow sounds dirtier than if he'd simply referred to his penis directly.
On an ALA-sponsored trip to Alaska, he made unwelcome advances on four separate librarians. They spoke up, and the organization agreed to push him out. The only possible excuse -- that "All librarians are down to clown, haven't you ever seen a porno?" -- was rejected because it was 1905 and none of said pornos had been made yet. Yeah, this happened in 1905. Considering how much leeway men had for sexual harassment back then, think about how unwelcome those advances of his must have been to get him actual repercussions, and from the very organization he'd founded.