During the Invasion of Normandy, Scottish Bagpiper, Bill Millin, contrary to British Command, in the thick of battle, marched up & down the beach playing his Pipes. When his unit captured German snipers, they asked why Millin wasn’t shot. They said they didn’t shoot because he was clearly insane.
A Japanese man won a world pistol shooting championship even though he practiced only with Airsoft and hadn’t even held a real gun until a month before the competition.
Arthur Guinness was an exceptional individual who used the money he made from brewing to help relief of the poor, abolish dueling, promote literacy, and provide this workers with a higher standard of living.
There are still 5 people living who were born in the 1800s.
The DIY efforts of a small number of wannabe cyborgs have allowed them to hear sound, see ultraviolet light and echolocate like a bat.
Naoto Matsumura is the Most Radioactive Man on Earth. He continues to live alone in abandoned city Tomioka (affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster) to care for the animals left behind there.
There is a man with amnesia who has gone unidentified for 10 years despite international publicity. He is also the only American citizen listed as a missing person despite his whereabouts being known.
Norman Borlaug, an agricultural scientist, developed new strains of crops which yielded 4x as much food. He is said to have saved the lives of over a billion people, making him one of the most influential men in human history.
Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff…‡ Sr. (Wolfe+585, Senior) is the short name of a Philadelphian typesetter, who has the longest personal name ever used. “585″ represents the number of additional letters in his full surname (total 590).
His full 746-letter name is Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorffvo…‡ Senior.
A man has survived on pizza alone for 25 years. Beyond the fact that his diet is completely horrifying, he also has diabetes and frequently gets low blood sugar.
An orphan from Uganda, who spent his youth as a human scarecrow on his abusive uncle’s farm, ran away at 14. With the help of a charity called YES Uganda, he has since earned 2 degrees, started a biotech company, founded a non-profit, and given a talk at TED.
A Russian family took a few possessions/seeds, fled into the forest as political refugees and were cut off from all human contact for 40 years until they were discovered by a group of geologists who accidentally saw their settlement from a helicopter.
A man single-handedly planted a 1,360-acre forest at 16 and now lives there at the age of 47.
There is a man who claims to have traveled to an alternate dimension in which The Beatles never broke up and brought back a mix tape of Beatles songs no one in this dimension has ever heard.
A man who became paralyzed after a motorcycle accident gave money raised for an operation that could allow him to be able to walk again to a young boy who suffered from Cerebral Palsy so the boy could take his first steps.