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The famous chemist and physicist Henry Cavendish was so reclusive that the only existing portrait of him had to be made in secret. Sir John Barrow hired an artist to sit near Cavendish while he ate and surreptitiously draw him.
Six of the top ten deadliest wars were in China. Three of them inflicted more casualties than WW1. One possibly more than WW2.
Canadian Joseph Bombardier invented the snowmobile. The company he founded to build them is currently the 3rd largest airliner manufacturer in the world, and the main supplier of NYC subway cars.
Chinese government takes its officials and members of their families on prison tours on a regular basis to give officials an introduction to what awaits them if they should engage in corruption. The tours include meet-and-greets with former government officials who were caught for corruption.
In Brazil around 1992 an economist and his friends used fake money to end rampant inflation and turn around the nation's economy.
An Insect called "tree lobster"which is the size of your hand was considered extinct for 80 years has been found alive in a tiny island in Australia.
A Woman in Oregon started a wildfire to give some work to her bored firefighter friends. Eventually, the fire, named as the Sunnyside Turnoff wildfire, spread to about 80 square miles — 51,000 acres — costing nearly $8 million to fight and took two months to bring under complete control.
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