18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of

Ever wonder why we have flushing toilets? Or who decided to dry windshields by going "swish, swish"? Well so did we. So we dug up some people who may have only gotten a sentence or two in our history books, but had a bigger impact than we could have possibly imagined.

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - Harrington invented the first flush toilet. He was also an army commander and a poet, but we shoulSource: University of Houston

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ERATOSTHENES 276 BC-194 BC R CRACKED COM This ancient Greek mathematician correctly calculated the Earth's circumference over 000 years ago. He also iSource: American Physical Society

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - In 1914, he presented a machine called The Chess Player, which is considered history’s first compuSource: National Library of Medicine

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - This Romanian inventor built the world’s first jet airplane in 1910. It’s possible that the plane Source: National Air & Space Museum

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - The world’s most prolific stunt double looked so much like Harrison Ford in the old days, crew memSource: TCM

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - This Greek astronomer was the first person to present a model of the solar system, with the Sun atSource: Nature

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - Not only did he liberate six different Latin American countries from Spanish rule (and get one namSource: Smithsonian

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - Holmes starred in 46 silent action films called The Hazards of Helen. She did her own stunts, inclSource: Columbia University

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HEATHER MCKAY 1941- CRACKEDCON From 1962 to her retirement in 1981, Australian squash player Heather Mckay did not lose a single match. That's the lonSource: Sports Illustrated

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - As the Brazilian ambassador in occupied France during WW2, Souza Santas issued diplomatic visas toSource: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - Huntington was the first president of the United States ... sort of. He was President of the ContiSource: House of Representatives

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - Wake, aka The White Mouse, was the Gestapo’s most-wanted person. She transported over a thousand eSource: NY Times

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - Taupin wrote the vast majority of Elton John’s lyrics. Without him, we wouldn’t have “Crocodile RoSource: Rolling Stone

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - Ritchie invented Unix and the C programming language. Result: Apple, Linux, smartphones, and prettSource: Wired

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - Janet’s work in psychoanalysis, dissociation, and doctor-patient relationships greatly influenced Source: Nature

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - Anderson invented the windshield wiper back in 1903. Car manufacturers rejected her invention and Source: NPR

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - He invented the electrical vibrator, originally known as “Granville’s hammer.” He distanced himselSource: Georgia Tech

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18 Amazing People Too Many Of Us Haven't Heard Of - Lister’s research into hygiene puts him among the greatest medical researchers of all time. And yeSource: Smithsonian

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