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  1. Manhattan Project nuclear physicist Alvin Weinberg was fired from his job for continually advocating for a safer and less weaponizable nuclear reactor using Thorium, one that has no chance of a meltdown.

  2. In 1963, San Francisco Giants Manager Alvin Dark joked, "they'll put a man on the moon before [Giants pitcher] Gaylord Perry hits a home run." On July 20, 1969, less than an hour after Neil Armstrong's historic moon walk, Perry smacked his first career homer.

  3. The first black female astronaut, Mae Jemison, was the first real astronaut to appear on Star Trek, went to Stanford at 16, and also studied dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

  4. The famous submersible Alvin is a real-life example of the philosophical "Ship of Theseus" paradox. "The Alvin" has been in service since 1965, but every single part of it has been replaced or upgraded at least once.

  5. When Alvin "tex" Johnston was told to "sell" Boeing's new 707 jet liner to a crowd of business men and reporters in 1955, he rolled the aircraft inverted in a 1 G maneuver called a barrel roll without the knowledge of the companies president.

  6. On July 6, 1967, the Alvin Submersible was attacked by a swordfish, which became lodged in the skin of the sub. The crew made an emergency surface, recovered the fish, and ate it for dinner.

  7. Charles Alvin Beckwith, creator of the U.S. Army's Delta Force unit. He once contracted leptospirosis so severe the doctors did not expect him to live; he made a full recovery in months. He was later critically wounded by a .50 round and expected to die. Within months, he fully recovered.

  8. During World War 1, Alvin York pretty much single handedly attacked a German machine gun nest, killing 20 and captured 132 solders. His actions made him one of the most decorated solders in the US Army, earning medals not only from the US, but also France, Italy, and Montenegro.

  9. In a 1988 episode of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" called "The Wall", the Chipmunks play a concert at the Berlin Wall and see it crumbling down, only to awaken from a dream and say, "It was just a dream, but it doesn't have to be." 11 months later, the Berlin Wall came down in real life.

  10. Alvin Straight, a 73 year old, almost blind, man drove his John Deere lawn mower 240 miles to his brothers house after being denied his drivers license due to his eyesight.

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Deep sea exploration vehicle Alvin was once attacked by a swordfish 2000 ft below the surface. The swordfish, with sword stuck in Alvin's skin, was brought to the surface with the sub. The crew then cooked it for dinner.

Alvin York, an American Soldier who during WWI, almost single handedly made 132 German Soldiers surrender.

During WWI, Sgt. Alvin Cullum York led a seven-man assault on a German machine gun nest in France and captured 32 machine guns, 132 German soldiers and killing at least 20 others.

Of the Four People Ever Given the Title of "Public Enemy #1", Alvin 'Creepy' Karpis was the only one ever to be taken alive.

Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly once sat on top of a flag pole 225 feet (69 m) high, for 49 days and one hour subsisting mainly on coffee and cigarettes

The writer/producer of the infamous "Witch Doctor"-song ("Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang") is also the creator of Alvin & The Chipmunks. Both the With Doctor and the Chipmunks voices were created using the same technique.

David Cross called filming Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 "the most miserable experience he ever had in his professional life."

A Ship of Theseus is something that's had all of its parts replaced at least once and is questionable whether it's still the original object. The submarine, DSV Alvin, is a literal, modern example.

Alvin York went from backwoods conscientious objector to a WW1 medal of honor recipient after capturing 132 German soldiers, 32 machine guns and killing 20 more Germans in one battle. Then he shyed away from the limelight when he returned home.

About Alvin York, a WW1 hero who took out 35 German machine gun nests in a single engagement. At one point he was charged by 6 germans and killed all six with his 7 round pistol without reloading.

In 1977, the team for submersible Alvin only consisted of geologists since they didn't expect to find life near deep-sea hydrothermal vents. The specimens they collected were preserved in vodka since they didn't have formaldehyde.

The deep sea research submarine, DSV Alvin, once sank to 5,000 ft (1,500 m) after a failed launch. Upon being recovered a year later, the crew's lunch was found to be still edible, prompting "new areas of biological and chemical research".

The US Navy could not find anyone willing to build the Alvin Submersible, so General Mills Cereal Company was hired to create the sub instead

Cpl. Alvin York of the 82nd Division who saved his remaining seven squadmates by single-handedly capturing a German machine gun nest during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, taking 132 prisoners in the process.

Alvin and The Chipmunks' were originally created for a novelty song in 1958. Despite the squeaky Chipmunk voices, the song went on to win 3 Grammy awards and spend 4 weeks topping the music charts.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, directed by Betty Thomas, was the first female-directed movie to gross (domestically) more than $200 million (at approx $220 million), and $443 million (worldwide).

Medal of Honor recipient Alvin York refused to profit from his fame and instead lent his name to charitable and civic causes.

Liberty Records president Alvin Bennett, chairman Simon Waronker, and chief engineer Theodore Keep were saved from bankruptcy by a novelty act: fictional singing chipmunks.

A few days after Selena's death Howard Stern said, "This music does absolutely nothing for me. Alvin and the Chipmunks have more soul ... Spanish people have the worst taste in music. They have no depth." He then played Selena's songs with gunshots in the background on his show.

20th Century Fox released Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakel a week after Avatar as “insurance” just in case Avatar bombed

Sergeant Alvin C. York, of the United States Army, charged a machine gun nest with seven men, and captured 4 officers, 128 men, and multiple guns during WWI.

Under criticism for starring in the "Alvin & The Chipmunks" movies, David Cross said that the movies paid more more than "all my other projects combined: book, TV show, the two pilots, Year One, yeah."

Jason Lee (Dogma, Alvin and the Chipmunks) has a son called Pilot Inspektor

Alvin Karpis, the head of the Barker-Karpis gang of the 30's and Public Enemy No. 1, had his fingerprints entirely removed by underworld physician Joseph P. Moran.

20th Century Fox executives had decided to release Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel alongside Avatar, calling it a "secret weapon" to cover any unforeseeable losses at the box-office.