The Great Impostor, who successfully impersonated a career as a ship’s doctor, a civil engineer, a sheriffs deputy, an assistant prison warden, a doctor of applied psychology, a hospital orderly, a lawyer, a child-care expert, a monk, an editor, a cancer researcher, and a teacher.
Brian May, an astrophysicist who collaborated with the team behind New Horizons, the first spacecraft to explore Pluto — is better known as the lead guitarist of Queen. (source)
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President Diouf began an anti-AIDS program in Senegal, before the virus was able to take off. He used media and schools to promote safe-sex messages and required prostitutes to be registered. While AIDS was decimating much of Africa, the infection rate for Senegal stayed below 2 percent. (source)
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“Shoeless” Joe Jackson was illiterate. In restaurants, rather than ask someone to read the menu to him, he would wait until his teammates ordered and then order one of the items that he heard.
Chuck Yeager, the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight (in 1947), is still alive today and is 95 years old.
Several computer algorithms have named Bobby Fischer the best chess player in history. Years after his retirement Bobby played a grandmaster at the height of his career. He said Bobby appeared bored and effortlessly beat him 17 times in a row. “He was too good. There was no use in playing him.”
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Up until 1962, women were not allowed to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. At the urging of Helen Thomas, John F. Kennedy refused to attend until the ban was lifted. Helen Thomas was named president of the White house Correspondents’ Association thirteen years later.
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Legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker’s heroin and alcohol addictions were so severe, that after his death at 34 years of age, the coroner mistakenly estimated him to be between 50 and 60 years old.
Claud Hatcher bought a large amount of Coca-Cola syrup from a salesman and felt that he deserved a reduced price for such large volumes. When refused, Hatcher vowed to never purchase Coca-Cola again and was determined to develop his own soft drink. He kept his vow and today we have Royal Crown (RC) Cola.
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Charles Dickens’ novels were hugely popular even among the illiterate poor. They would pool their money to hire a reader, and then gather together to listen to the stories.