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Fun Fact:

Sometimes brilliant people can still fail to grasp or accept things, even in the face of mounting and overwhelming evidence. Sometimes it's stubbornness. Sometimes it's that their personal beliefs get in the way.

2 examples of this:

Albert Einstein. For all of his brilliance, Einstein never fully accepted modern quantum theory (even though his own contributions led to it). In his case it was personal prejudice, and the concept of true randomness conflicted with both his religious beliefs (hence the quote "God does not play dice") and he continued to cling to the Newtonian theory that everything can be predicted and calculated out to the finest levels of precision, provided one has the correct understanding and adequate data.

Linus Pauling. Also, for all of his brilliance and staggeringly critical contributions to science, Pauling spent the last few decades of of life dedicated to promoting megadose vitamin therapy, in spite of the fact that research failed to support it, and in fact showed that it could be harmful or even fatal. His insistence that massive doses (10,000 mg a day, or even greater) of vitamin C would do wonders for everything from cancer to the common cold. Buoyed by his support, many rigorous clinical investigations began, but the results all failed to support his assertions. Pauling began a bitter fued with many well-intentioned and honest researchers, refusing to accept the failure of his postulate. This earned him respect from the public (who continue to believe him) and ridicule from researchers (who know he was wrong). Pauling, having probably consumed more vitamin C that anyone in history, died of prostate cancer.

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Fun Fact: J. I. Rodale, founder of Prevention magazine and an early (1950s) advocate of organic farming and numerous *serious* crackpot theories, such as rimless glasses and saltwater causing cancer, and electricity curing it, polio vaccines being a bad thing, etc, earned a place in television history in 1971.

He was an invited guest on the Dick Cavett Show. During the taping, he famously declared (at the age of 72) "I'm going to live to be 100, unless I'm run down by some sugar-crazed taxi driver."

He died of a heart attack less than 20 minutes later. On stage, cameras rolling. The episode never aired.

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Fun fact: even though it's been banned from widespread use since 1992, Earth's atmosphere still contains about 400,000 tonnes of carbon tetrachloride, most of it made from 1940 to 1990.

At the current rate of depletion, it'll take around 200 years to return to pre-World War I levels.

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Hooray! It's time for "fun with botulism"!! Bring on the plague!

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Fun fact: every dose of Botox delivered to a human up until December 1997 was from a single batch made by Ed Schantz at the University of Madison in 1979. 18 years later it had lost much of its potency and the supply finally ran out. The extraordinary retroactive FDA approval of a material made on a lab bench without any regulatory oversight was the result of no manufacturer wanting to be responsible (or insurable) for making the most dangerous material in the world. One gram (1/5 of a teaspoon) is about 1 trillion clinical doses, or enough to kill one million people.

The next (larger) batch was ready in time, and batch BCB2024 lasted until 2014. A couple more have been made since and we probably won't need to make it again for at least another decade.

Ed Schantz died (not of botulism) in 2005 at the age of 96.

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FF: President Calvin Coolidge enjoyed childish practical jokes such as buzzing for his bodyguards then hiding under his desk as they frantically searched for him, presumably fearing him kidnapped.

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FUN fact! As of 6:29a.m., it's Spring!!! Woot!

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"Start a new thread called Facts. I am not finding your facts fun!"

This thread definitely lacks the fun factor.

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..has me thinking about it that's for sure. Very interesting.

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Is it. It's based upon the 1973 book of the same name by Oliver Sacks, who was the actual doctor involved in it.

Oliver Sacks was a spectacular writer of his medical stories. He died in 2015.

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