The actor who was inside R2-D2 hated the guy who played C-3PO.
(6) John Maynard Keynes
When laissez-faire economists fell flat on their face in the late 1920s, there was an opening for a brilliant mind to prompt a sea change in economic thinking.
Think sexism kept women out of math until fairly recently? Think again.
(2) Benjamin Franklin
Possibly the first great American genius, Franklin was many things. Statesman. Diplomat. Almanac writer. Bifocal inventor. Ill-timed flyer of kites.
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Benjamin Franklin was kind of a big deal. He penned Poor Richard's Almanack, invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the rockin' glass harmonica, and a bunch of other great stuff.
We're excited to have author, journalist, and Brown University senior (he's still a senior!) Kevin Roose blogging with us this week.
When the NCAA Tournament tips off, you may know every team's star player and its odds to win the title. But how well do you know the mascots?
Reader Ashley Field works at University Book Store in Mill Creek, WA. She arranged a display inspired by our recent issue, and she was kind enough to send us a picture.
(1) Thomas Jefferson
The scouting report on our third president is awe-inspiring. Declarer of Independence. Purchaser of Louisiana. Designer of buildings. Founder of universities.
(8) John Stuart Mill
Although he sometimes gets lost in the shuffle in discussions of history's great thinkers, Mill's genius bona fides are hard to question.
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Aristotle's academic lineage alone is enough to get him into the tournament. He was Plato's brightest pupil and tutored a young Alexander the Great.
(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.