Pablo Picasso: Painted a masterpiece at 14
Picasso was to art what every football player at Florida State is to sports: so good the school doesn’t even make you show up. And unbearably cocky. As a child, lil’ Pablo told his teachers he’d only go to class if they let him draw whenever he wanted. And they let him. At age 12 he was denied entrance into a children’s art exhibit because he drew too well. And by the time he was 14, he’d already painted the Portrait of Aunt Pepa, considered one of the greatest Spanish paintings in history. Picasso would go on to, among other things, teach the world how to paint people with both eyes on one side of their heads.
Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr. (aka the Wonder Girl): Translated Mother Goose into Esperanto at 5
Back before kids could become famous by refusing to eat breakfast cereal or telling Dave Coulier he’s in big trouble, children became celebrities by being smarter than everybody else. Hard to believe, right? Yes, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, child prodigies were as big of celebs as sports figures and one of the most prodigious was this little girl from Evansville, Indiana. Dubbed “The Wonder Girl," Winifred Stoner had translated Mother Goose into Esperanto by age five, and four years later crushed Stanford’s entrance exam. Winifred’s mother may also well have been history’s first child-celebrity mom, hitting the gilded-age interview circuit to offer her tips and philosophies on parenting.