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Clarence Birdseye
Clarence Birdseye
learned how to freeze food without losing flavor by watching Inuit fishermen, and used what he learned to become the founder of today's frozen foods industry. He was also a taxidermist, natural scientist, inventor of a process for converting sugar cane waste into paper pulp, and expert at Chinese checkers.
Manta Ray (Manta birostris)
Manta Ray (Manta birostris)
Reaching a "wingspan" of up to 22 fet and a weight of 3,500 pounds, this is the largest member of the ray family. Despite its great size, it feeds primarily on plankton. Although it is usually a leisurely swimmer, a manta ray can achieve great speed, and is capable of leaping up to seven feet out of the water.
Ferdinand Porsche
Ferdinand Porsche
began his automotive career by designing an electric car, in 1900. One year later he introduced the world's first petroleum-electric hybrid vehicle. He subsequently built a series of successful racecars, designed military vehicles, and developed the first Volkswagen, before finally designing the first car to carry his name as a brand.
Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
(Melvin Jerome Blank) began his career as a character actor on radio, but gained fame by providing the voices for Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and almost every other Looney Tunes character. He was also the voice of Barney Rubble, and the creator of Woody Woodpecker's laugh.
Jim Croce
Jim Croce
spent many years playing bars, clubs, and parties before releasing his first major album in 1972. His career was still on the rise when he and five others were killed in a charter plane crash in 1973.
Luigi Galvani
Luigi Aloisio Galvani
first gained fame for his research on the organs of hearing and genitourinary tract of birds, but is today best known for his study of "animal electricity." In the latter, he found that muscular contractions are caused by electricity generated within the body and carried by nerves.

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