1. Isaac Newton developed a sunlight phobia from staring at the sun.
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  2. An apple didn't hit Isaac Newton in the head, but it did make him wonder if the force that makes apples fall influences the moon's motion around Earth.
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  3. A young Isaac Newton once threatened to burn his mother and stepfather alive.
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  4. Newton invented/discovered calculus in about the same amount of time the average student learns it.
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  5. Famous left-handed people include Napoleon, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Einstein, Newton, Bill Gates, Oprah, Obama and Jimi Hendrix.
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  6. Newton was secretly an Alchemist.
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  7. Isaac Newton was a Member of Parliament for a year and said only one sentence: he asked a nearby usher to close an open window.
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  8. Isaac Newton lost the equivalent of US$3 million in today's money on stock market in 1720.
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  9. The Bible was Isaac Newton's greatest passion, writing more about religion than science and mathematics.
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  10. Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica contained a simple calculation error that went unnoticed for 300 years.
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  11. A sample of Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree was sent into space to 'defy gravity.'
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  12. It is believed that Isaac Newton died a virgin.
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  13. In 1666, Isaac Newton observed the Sun's light using a prism, and showed it is made up of light of many colors.
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  14. In the 17th Century, 1 in every 10 British coins was forged. Isaac Newton oversaw a huge project to recall the old currency, and issue a more reliable one.
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  15. Isaac Newton's last words were, "the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
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  16. Isaac Newton was born prematurely on Christmas morning. He was given little chance of survival.
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  17. 39% of philosophers would say Newton "discovered" calculus while 37% would say he "invented" it. The rest have other ideas about it.
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  18. When Cambridge University was closed because of the plague, Isaac Newton was forced to return home. This ended up as the most productive period of his life.
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  19. The Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica took Isaac Newton 2 years to write. It was the culmination of more than 20 years of thinking.
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  20. Issac Newton invented the ridges along the edges of coins, still in use today, to prevent theft.
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