Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
(5) Marie Curie
Science's undisputed first lady has a C.V. that may never come along again. Along with her husband Pierre, she discovered the chemical elements polonium and radium.
For each of the last 15 years, I've grown between 50 and 100 tomato plants from seed, which gives me a year's supply of tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato sauce, and salsa.
They called themselves the Cinnamon Women, for reasons better left private. Anna, Cora, Erma, Ida and Myra were long-time friends who loved to play bridge.
Research Says Happiness is Contagious. Finally, an epidemic we can all get behind!
The Evolution of the Suitcase.
(1) Albert Einstein
Does the man even need an introduction? Nobel Prize winner. Relativity theorizer. Brownian motion explainer. Legitimizer of crazy-haired thinkers everywhere.
(8) Shigeru Miyamoto
When it comes to video game pioneers, no one can quibble with Miyamoto's credentials.
(4) Mark Twain
Scores of writers have spent their whole lives trying to pen The Great American Novel. Twain may have done it several times.
Had Houdini not succumbed to the ill effects of well-placed sucker punch, he would have been 135 this month. OK, even Houdini couldn't have pulled that one off.
T.S. Eliot, Bob Dylan, Woody Allen and Abraham Lincoln managed to succeed where lesser people have failed by maximizing their ability to connect and communicate with their audience.
(7) Stephen Colbert
America's favorite ultraconservative political commentator may appear on a comedy network, but he's seriously a genius.
(5) Samuel Morse
When you hear the name Samuel Morse, you probably think of him as the inventor of Morse code and the developer of the electric telegraph. But he was more than just an inventor.
(3) Blaise Pascal
If it's possible to be considered a genius and still be underrated, Pascal pulls off the trick.
"A-squared plus B-squared equals C-squared!" You can't even read his name without the equation running through your head, can you?
Plato's record is another one that needs very little introduction. Student of Socrates. Mentor of Aristotle. Allegorist of caves. Writer of dialogues. Father of Platonic realism.
We're excited to have author, journalist, and Brown University senior (he's still a senior!) Kevin Roose blogging with us this week.