17 Unexpected Accomplishments Of Famous People

Famous people are pretty talented. That's why they're ... well, famous. But it turns out that some of your favorite icons are a lot more talented than you think. And if they never made it otherwise, they'd be in the lab cooking up stuff like this...

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Jay-Z appears on the Space Jam soundtrack—which isn’t that surprising. This part’s weirder: He’s the Source: Wired

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Nye patented a new type of ballet shoe, which offers the toe more support. This must be how he realizSource: The Atlantic

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Before his desperate crusade to keep the low-brow single-camera sitcom alive, Chuck Lorre wrote the cSource: The Guardian

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Banting’s best known for discovering insulin (it won him the Nobel Prize). He also invented weaponizeSource: EMBO Reports

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Gunpei Yokoi invented the Nintendo Game Boy. The weird part? He got his start at the company as a janSource: IGN

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Also starting out as a janitor: Richard Montañez, inventor of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He cleaned a FritoSource: CNBC

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Costner’s bought a patent from the Department of Energy and turned it into devices for cleaning oil sSource: The Guardian

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Pascal is famous for his work in math and physics. He also invented the world’s first bus service. ThSource: Wired

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Hartman was a graphics designer before he became an actor. His works included the logo for Crosby, StSource: Rolling Stone

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - The original actress behind Catwoman also invented an early version of Spanx. Her shapewear patent waSource: The Atlantic

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Lindbergh’s most famous as an aviator of course. He also worked in biomechanics. He invented the “perSource: Smithsonian

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Also a pioneer in biomechanics: Paul Winchell, who invented an early artificial heart. But what’s WinSource: The Atlantic

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - One more heart invention: the wrist-based heart monitor. It was invented by Zeppo Marx, the most undeSource: NY Times

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Adding to his long list of musical atrocities, Barry Manilow wrote the jingle for State Farm insurancSource: Saturday Evening Post

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Playtex is best known for making ladies’ underwear. That makes them experts in material science, whicSource: Smithsonian

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Dahl was one of the inventors of the Wade-Dahl-Till valve, a type of brain shunt. He made it after a Source: Times of London

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17 Unexpected Accomplishments of Famous People - Maybe you’ve heard that Einstein used to work as a patent clerk. So, what great invention did he comeSource: The Atlantic

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