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Was Isaac Newton the Chuck Norris of science?
by Staff
Sure, you may know him best as "the apples-and-gravity guy," but Sir Isaac Newton was arguably the greatest scientist who ever lived. His accomplishments and accolades read like a modern list of fake Chuck Norris trivia facts. Let's see if you can separate outlandish Newton lies from the equally amazing truths.

The text on Isaac Newton's Westminster Abbey tomb states, "Mortals rejoice that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race!"

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In his spare time, Newton devised a giant cannon to launch objects into orbit.

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Newton taught his dog Diamond to speak 10 words of English.

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Newton may have invented the cat door, forever bridging the worlds of indoor and outdoor cats.

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Newton boiled all the motion in the universe down to three concise laws.

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Newton built a mechanical version of himself, which he sometimes sent in his place to attend boring faculty meetings.

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Newton dabbled in alchemy.

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In his alchemical studies, Newton attempted to gain supernatural power over nature via the philosopher's stone.

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Newton created several homunculi through alchemy, and it's these lab-grown creatures that guard his tomb to this day.

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Newton found 17th-century mathematics insufficient for his scientific needs, so he invented calculus.

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When Newton grew tired of clogged sinks, he invented the garbage disposal.

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Newton studied rainbows in an attempt to capture a leprechaun.

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Newton invented the refracting telescope.

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Newton frequently dressed in disguises so he could fight crime on the streets of London.

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In order to deter counterfeiters, Newton put his own scowling face on all British coins.

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Newton kept two giants chained on his property and would frequently stand on their backs to view the surrounding countryside.

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When Newton grew sick of phony end-of-the-world predictions, he shut up the fearmongers by pinpointing exactly when the apocalypse would occur.

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Newton declared that the world would end in 2012.

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Newton's scientific discoveries allowed humans to land on the moon.

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Isaac Newton and Chuck Norris met briefly on one occasion and shook hands.

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