Amazing People

2 years, 4 months ago

A few years ago I learned about a man named Norman Borlaug. He was an American scientist who won the nobel peace prize, congressional gold medal, and the presidential medal of freedom for his work. Simplified, he created stronger varieties of wheat that were more resistant to disease and yielded more.

It was later determined that with the timing of his advancements, he had saved over 1 billion people from starvation. I don’t need to tell a community like this how amazing and inspirational that is, but I do think it’s a shame that few have ever heard of such a distinguished man.

Who are your favorite inspirational/awesome/unique people?
What did they do?
What other amazing people are out there that I have never heard of?

07.14.2012 at 10:09 pm

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Profile photo of Kniphofia Kniphofia (@thomaschong) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@jesus, A billion people, jesus…

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Profile photo of abuck76 abuck76 (@abuck76) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Mohandas K. Gandhi for one………..Theodore Roosevelt for another……..

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Profile photo of James James (@ilooklikeawaterbottle) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@jesus, alex trebek , he has allowed so many ‘dumb’ people to think they are intelligent by watching his show. What a great guy

sorry, i might come back later with a real answer for you

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@jesus, Wow.

Nikola Tesla invented electrical induction motor, alternating current power systems, etc. Michael Faraday studied magnetism, discovered the laws that govern electricity generation. Louis Pasteur discoved the germ. John Von Neumann created software, and added to many fields including physics, economics, and mathematics. James Clerk Maxwell unified optics and magnetism, discovered that light was composed of electromagnetic waves. Buckminster Fuller was a prodigy and inventor, known for discovering the geodesic sphere, and creating the only flat map without abberations, etc. Freeman Dyson is a physicist, famous for introducing the idea known as the Dyson’s Sphere, Dyson is a free thinking genius. Alan Turing for one is a mathematician, leading decrypter of the German enigma machine, he was one of the most important originators of computer science. He committed suicide by eating a cyanide laced apple, this symbol of an apple with a missing bite, later became the logo for Apple, this was inspired by Turing.

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Profile photo of Carl Carl (@birdofprey) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

We are surrounded by so many amazing people. We all know, personally, a lot of incredible people that seem to be on a such a vibration that happiness just shines through them. All of us here, are growing and on the same path to a higher vibration.

Jim Morrison was the first rock star that showed us through his work how awesome the other side was, and he wanted us to follow him! :-)

I know personally too many people to put them all here haha :-D

Keep Sharin’

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

“If I shall win, I shall win for the entire people. If I shall lose, I shall lose only myself.” -Vasil Levski, Bulgarian hero, monk, revolutionary, Apostle of Freedom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasil_Levski

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Profile photo of Lin Lin (@lnikolova) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@beyond, hope more people read about him

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Profile photo of Gibs Gibs (@gibs) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@jesus
Heard about him just a few weeks ago when i was looking at Penn & Teller Bullshit. Everybody should see this, friggin greenpeace!

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Jack Johnson.

What did he do? He was the first black heavyweight boxing champion, and he was a badass in general. This was back in the early 1900s, when black people were not respected.
Before he became a boxer, he was a dockworker, a BULLFIGHTER, a nightclub owner, a jazz musician, a stage actor, and a bunch of other shit. Then he became heavyweight champion, which pissed off the whites something awful. He even gave speeches to the KKK about sportsmanship, fair play and the golden rule. That’s balls for ya. The ballsiness doesn’t stop there, he had a pet leopard and he took it out for walks daily. Speaking of balls, his balls had a fun life too, not only did he ravage white women in days when that was forbidden, he also fucked some of his era’s most desired women who are remembered to this day. Sex symbols Mae West and Lupe Velez, the german spy Mata Hari, Moulin rouge star Misinguette, among many others. He was also a spy in World war 1, possibly a double agent for the USA and Germany.

In 1913 he was sent to prison for violating the Mann act by “transporting a woman across state borders for immoral purposes.” The case in question happened before the Mann act was even passed, and the woman was his wife-to-be. But even in prison, his awesomeness didn’t end, he invented a new type of wrench which became very popular, WHILE IN PRISON.

This guy was undeniably fucking awesome.

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Leif Eriksson, “The American viking.”

What he did? He “discovered” America, or Vingaard as they called it back then, he set sail from Iceland and found a new continent. This was back in the day when people thought the world had an edge you could fall off, and when you couldn’t conserve a shitload of food to bring on the ship. He just assumed people were wrong about the “edge of the world” and that there was more land to the west. And he found it, and he made it back, probably sporting a big smug-ass grin saying “I told you bros, I told you! Suck it, bitches!”

Another undeniably awesome person.

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Profile photo of zonetti zonetti (@zonetti) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

George Carlin
Douglas Adams
And a less obvious one, Why The Lucky Stiff (IT people must have heard of him) http://vimeo.com/5047563

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Profile photo of Michaela Jayne Michaela Jayne (@mjayne) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@manimal, Fucking sweet. I have heard of both of them before but I had totally forgotten about either of them until you posted that.

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Profile photo of VeniVidiVinci VeniVidiVinci (@helios15) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Stephen Wiltshire, he’s a British architectural artist diagnosed with autism. He spent 20 minutes in a helicopter above the city of NY, when he came down he made this:

http://www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk/New_York_Panorama.aspx

What really caught my attention was that he’s not known because of his disorder, the media has been bombarding us (the people) with stupid ads about special people and how pitiful it is that they were born that way or are living that way, when it is completely normal for them and to a certain extent it’s even less complicated. I love the fact that he has not suffered (greatly) from this pejorative behavior, it has been the little push that we all need to become extraordinary. He is now Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to art and owner of a permanent gallery in London.

Albert Einstein needs no introduction and current holder of our universe. :)

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Profile photo of Carl Carl (@birdofprey) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

My mother is also amazing. She has taught me many things about life and how to interact with it. And most importantly of all, how to learn to accept it and interact with it. I’m sure many of you know someone similar, if not your own mothers.

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Profile photo of Milo Milo (@milo) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@birdofprey, Yo this a million times. I love my momma. Having me may not be her greatest contribution to humanity but I’m glad she did and I’m thankful for everything she’s done in my benefit. Shout out to my Mom! I’m gonna go tell her I appreciate it.

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Profile photo of Mr. Arbiter Mr. Arbiter (@snaysler) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Nikola Tesla and Friedrich Nietzsche.

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Profile photo of Osiris Nigmata Osiris Nigmata (@osirisnigmata) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Xanana Gusmao: the current Prime Minister of East Timor, previous president of the same country, and revolutionary leader who opposed Indonesian occupation and genocidal acts in East Timor.

This man is truly amazing, and to me he is an example of the ideal balance between thought and action. In his younger days, he took action with FRETILIN, a socialist organization that helped educate and feed illiterate Timorese children. Gusmao, and the organization took up arms against the long-lasting repressive Indonesian occupation, in which thousands were killed or disappeared. He was so troublesome to the Indonesian occupation that they put out an arrest warrant on him, captured him, and imprisoned him.

He was imprisoned for 7 years but still held his leadership position in the resistance movement. Nelson Mandela visited Gusmao while he was in prison and Mandela. When the occupation and ensuing genocide finally stopped, Gusmao was released from prison and began leading the reconstruction of his destroyed nation. He eventually became the first president of the new country and is now the PM.

He hasn’t had the same media attention as other social movers, maybe because his country is so small, but the way he always conducted himself with right thought and right action gives me a lot of hope.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

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i'm kind of a big deal

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Profile photo of Eicats Eicats (@eicats) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

1. Hitler? although his actions were perceived as negative. Actions and words were powerful.
2. Dr. Suess? Not only a great artist but he used real parts of dead animals in his sculptures and hung them on a plain wood mount.
3.Dalai Lama. Got to put him due to balance out the negative above.

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Profile photo of There_Is_No_Box There_Is_No_Box (@thereisnobox) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Bruce Lee

Nikola Tesla

John Wooden

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@eicats, mmm infamous and amazing… I don’t know if I’d confuse the two. Hitler was infamous.

Guys. Really, you are overlooking me. I’m pretty fucking amazing.

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Profile photo of Eicats Eicats (@eicats) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, Well hitler was amazing to Lucifer. I don’t overlook you, I think your amazing still.

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