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.
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.
Irena Sendler was a remarkable woman who defied the Nazis and saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto. The Nazis eventually discovered her activities, tortured her brutally, and sentenced her to death, but she managed to evade execution and survive the war.
An American soldier from the Korean War was given the Medal of Honor for killing 5 Chinese soldiers… 4 with his bare hands… while giving medical aid to his comrades… after being shot.