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  1. Amazingly Alexander Graham Bell (who invented the telephone) also set a world water-speed record of over seventy miles an hour at the age of 72.
  2. Alexander Graham Bell never called his wife or mother because they were both deaf.
  3. Karl Benz. Karl Benz invented the car with a four stroke cycle gasoline engine in 1885. He received a patent for in January 1886. Diesel engine was invented by Rudolf Diesel in 1910 .
  4. Amazing fact is that Marie and Irene Curie are the only mother and daughter to win Nobel prizes with their husbands.
  5. Marie Curie, the Nobel prize winning scientist who discovered radium, died on July 4, 1934 of radiation poisoning.
  6. Marie Curie was the only person to win two different Nobel Prizes, one for chemistry and one for physics.
  7. Amazing fact is when Charles Darwin published his theory on human evolution in 1871, not a single fossil that was known to be pre-human had been found to back up his ideas.
  8. Charles Darwin took long time before deciding his marriage with his first cousin Emma Wedgwood. It was quite amazing that Darwin who gave significant importance to the science of genetics in the natural selection, decided to marry his first cousin.
  9. Darwin was religious person. He was known to recite passages of bible on the expedition, helping the co-workers to keep peace of mind. But after the death of his 10 year old daughter Annie, He is said to have lost his faith in the religion.
  10. Amazing fact is that Ernest Duchesne , French Physician discovered penicillin 32 years before Alexander Fleming, but he was ignored because he was only 23! Due to his age, though, his research went unrecognized and he was unable to continue research himself, because of his army service.
  11. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, was actually afraid of the dark.
  12. Amazingly during one four-year period, Thomas Edison obtained 300 patents, or one every five days.
  13. Thomas Alva Edison patented almost 1,300 inventions in his lifetime!
  14. At the age of 10, Edison built his first laboratory in the basement of his house.
  15. Edison volunteered to electrocute an aggressive  circus elephant ”Topsy” in 1903 with 6600 volts to prove Tesla’s AC current was dangerous.
  16. Thomas Edison had a collection of 5000 birds.
  17. Two years after his first wife Mary died. Edison accidentally met young Mina Miller. It was like love at first sight for both of them. Edison even taught her the secret code language called Morse code tapping language so that they can communicate with one another tapping into each other’s hands . One day Thomas Edison proposed her by tapping and Mina tapped in yes reply and soon they got married.
  18. Edison invented the first unofficial tattoo machine which worked with stencil-pen. Stencil pen was patented by Edison year 1876. on his left arm, Edison had a tattoo formed of five dots. Samuel O’Reilly  modified Edison’s tattoo machine to be called as inventor of first tattoo machine.
  19. Albert Einstein never wore any socks.
  20. Albert Einstein never knew how to drive a car. He also couldn’t swim, but he loved sailing.
  21. Amazing fact is that Albert Einstein’s parents were told that there son was an idiot. In fact he couldn’t speak fluently until after his ninth birthday.
  22. Einstein Failed his University Entrance Exam, and had to reapply a year later.
  23. Albert Einstein charged between $1 and $5 for his autographs! All the proceeds from this, he gave to charity. He also donated his speaker fees for giving speeches. He would earn almost $1000 per speech.
  24. Einstein had an daughter born out of wedlock with his former research student Mileva Marić in year 1902, whom he married later. Einstein never saw Lieserl , the illegitimate daughter and her fate is not known.
  25. The fact is Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel which he politely declined.
  26. Einstein was famous for having bad memory.He could not remember names,dates and phone numbers.
  27. Amazing fact is that Einstein never received a Nobel prize for his theory of relativity. It was actually for the photoelectric effect.
  28. Amazingly Einstein’s Nobel Prize money went to his ex-wife as divorce settlement.
  29. After his death in 1955, Einstein’s brain was removed – without permission from his family by Thomas Stoltz Harvey, the Princeton Hospital pathologist who conducted the autopsy. Harvey even went on to exhibit Einstein’s brain by keeping it in the jar as he went in his car on a cross-country trip to California.
  30. Benjamin Franklin was the youngest son of a youngest son of a youngest son of a youngest son.
  31. Benjamin Franklin invented bi-focal glasses.
  32. Rosalind Franklin was the woman behind Watson and Crick’s doudle helix DNA model. She did all the experiments but died before she was paid credit. Watson and Crick merely took her results and interpreted it.
  33. Galileo was sent to monastery of Jesuit to study medicine. But after spending four years of his time he decided to become a monk. His family and especially his father was upset and left him on his own.  His father came to him later, when he was a defrocked priest.
  34. The battle against the Catholic Roman Church forced Galileo to face trials. The Church found him guilty of spreading unethical and deceitful information in the society. He was imprisoned. He was made to revile his own studies and theories. All his work was prohibited from publishing or studying further.
  35. Amazingly nearly four hundred years after Galileo’s death, the Roman Catholic Church realized the blunder it had made few centuries ago. And some of them even apologized for the mistakes.Following  this , a decision on erecting a statue of Galileo inside the Vatican was considered.
  36. Galileo was a very devoted catholic and remained the same until his death. But he never thought of marrying the mother of his three children.
  37. Amazingly Galileo sold his telescope to Venice because he needed money to support his illegitimate children!
  38. Austrian physicist Friedrich Hasenohrl published the basic equation E = mc2 a year before Einstein did.
  39. Amazing coincidence is that Hawking was born on Jan. 8, 1942, which just happened to be the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death.
  40. Newton was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1689 and served for exactly one year. Amazingly during that time, he said one and only one sentence during the lengthy proceedings: He asked a nearby usher to close an open, drafty window!
  41. The Bible was Sir Isaac’s greatest passion . Amazingly he wrote more about religion than about science and mathematics!
  42. Sir Isaac Newton was in fact an ordained priest in the Church of England.
  43. Amazingly Sir Isaac Newton was born on Christmas day in in 1642, the same day Galileo died.
  44. Louis Pasteur , a french biologist while working on Rabies vaccine kept a loaded gun at the lab . Amazingly if anyone including himself was to get infected , he was to be shot in the head. He produced the first vaccine for rabies, saving the life of a young boy in 1885.
  45. Pythagoras believed in a complete prohibition on touching or eating beans. Legend has it that after being chased from his house by attackers, he came upon a bean field, where he allegedly decided he would rather die than enter the field and his attackers killed him.
  46. Amazing fact is that Jonas Salk declined to patent his polio vaccine. “There is no patent,” he said. “Could you patent the sun?”
  47. Amazing fact is that mathematician William Shanks spent 15 years calculating the value of pi to 707 places but he made a mistake on the 528th digit. This discovery was made over 60 years after his death . He had  accidentally written a 5 instead of a 4 , which threw off the next 179 calculations!
  48. Arnold Sommerfield , a theoretical physicist was nominated for the Nobel Prize 81 times and never won!
  49. Joseph Swan invented the light bulb in 1879, one year before Thomas Edison did. However, Swan didn’t patent the idea. Later both formed joint company.
  50. Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was one of science’s unsung heroes. He arrived in America from Serbia in 1884 and quickly went to work for Thomas Edison, making key breakthroughs in radio, robotics and electricity. He became obsessed with the number 3, walking around a building three times before entering it. And at each meal, he would use exactly 18 napkins to polish the utensils until they sparkled. 

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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