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Virginia Woolf's gender-bending character, Orlando, is a superhero in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic book series. And gender-bending Tiresias is said to be his/her dad. Ah, literary remix.

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Christopher Lee, who you may know better as Saruman or Count Dooku, played Tiresias in the TV version of Homer's Odyssey. (Tiresias kind of wishes they got somebody with a less creepy character roster to play him.)

Tiresias was the name of a champion racehorse in England. (The jury is out on whether he could see into to future or not.)

In O Brother Where Art Thou?, a movie loosely based on the Odyssey, Tiresias is represented by an old blind African American man on a railroad handcar. Cool.

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