An Indian man named Jadav Payeng started planting trees on a barren sandbar at 17. He is now 47 and lives in his own 1360 acre forest which now houses rhinos, tigers, deers, apes and elephants.
Scott Neeson former president of 20th Century Fox International, sold his mansion, Porsche, and yacht and left the industry to establish and personally oversee Cambodian Children’s Fund as Executive Director. (in Cambodia)
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.