As a child, Strowger was quite the inventor, whipping up complicated contraptions to get out of doing chores. So he decided that the telecommunications industry really needed a way for callers to directly connect to one another, thereby eliminating the middleman (and tossing a certain asshole operator straight out onto the street), and got to work.
With some help from his nephew, and backing from a few business partners, Strowger developed a working prototype of the Strowger switch. He patented the invention in 1891. In 1892, he established his very own telephone company in La Porte, Indiana. Though Strowger would eventually return to the undertaking biz in 1902, his device would revolutionize telecommunications forever. And that, boys and girls, is how the spirit of vengeance invented your iPhone.
John Corcoran Was A College Graduate, A Beloved High School Teacher, And A Real Estate Wizard (All While Totally Illiterate)
After breezing through both college and graduate school, John Corcoran became a highly regarded teacher, before ultimately transitioning to the field of real estate, where, by the age of 48, he employed 200 people, was a multimillionaire, and lived in the lap of luxury in a $600,000 villa overlooking the Pacific.
John Corcoran Foundation via NPR
"I'm carrying this book strictly for self-defense!"
John's inability to read became apparent in elementary school. In his words, trying to decipher letters was like "looking at Chinese, at scribbles." Of course, this being 1940s America, his teachers simply called him lazy and encouraged him to "smart harder." Left to his own devices, John became a truly prodigious cheater. He convinced others to do his work for him and, in high school, even dated the valedictorian -- so she could do his homework for him.
He cheated his way into a teaching gig, where he was well-loved by his high school students -- for them, social-studies class meant tossing the textbook aside and participating in an impromptu discussion, what's suspicious about that?! -- and he generally got away with it. Then one night, the jig was up. As John "read" a children's story to his kids, his wife listened in. She realized he was just making shit up as he went along, and called him out on it. He has since pursued tutoring, and worked through his illiteracy. Hell, he's even authored two books on the subject. Truly, it's an inspiring tale. You can cheat your way through anything!
Seen here with the only thing he didn't cheat on: his wife.
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