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  1. At 24 years old, Isaac Newton was sent home from school to avoid the bubonic plague. During this time, he invented calculus.

  2. Sir Isaac Newton's dog set his laboratory on fire, ruining his 20 years of research. When he saw what the dog had done, Newton is said to have exclaimed, "O Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the mischief thou hast done."

  3. One day Isaac Newton was asked by his colleagues why planets' orbits are elliptical. He couldn't answer so he went home and started thinking about it. A while later he invented differential and integral calculus, which he then used to answer the question.

  4. The tree Sir Isaac Newton observed in 1666 - from which the famous apple fell - is still alive today and producing apples

  5. Sir Isaac Newton had a dog called “Diamond” who knocked over a candle and set fire to twenty years worth of his research.

  6. Isaac Newton set out the colors of the rainbow we memorize today. However, he originally didn't include orange or indigo. He only added them later because of his occult belief that there must be 7 separate colors, just like there are 7 notes in a musical scale and 7 days of the week.

  7. Isaac Newton was so obsessed with turning base metal to gold that samples of his hair showed mercury levels up to 40 times higher than average. This is considered to be the reason he went mad in his later years.

  8. Isaac Newton developed the law of gravitation, calculus, and three laws of motion at the age of 23 all during the 2 years that Cambridge was closed due to plague.

  9. In his later years, Sir Isaac Newton was appointed to a largely symbolic (but paid) position at the Royal Mint. He took the job seriously and successfully prosecuted many counterfeiters for high treason. Those convicted were hanged, drawn and quartered

  10. Isaac Newton studied alchemy, tried to put all the world's religious histories together into one timeline, thought Atlantis was real, associated with secret societies like the Freemasons, and predicted the end of the world in 2060.

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Sir Isaac Newton, while Master of the Royal Mint, personally went undercover in bars and taverns to root out rampant counterfeiting, which was high treason (punishable by being hanged, drawn and quartered). He successfully prosecuted 28 counterfeiters in 18 months.

When Isaac Newton was asked why the planet's orbits are elliptical he wasn't sure, but went home to think about it. He then "invented" differential and integral calculus to explain why. He then turned 26...

In Marvel's main universe Sir Isaac Newton was once Sorcerer Supreme, the same title later held by Doctor Strange.

Sir Isaac Newton was a member of parliament in the UK, but his only contribution to the debates was to request the window to be closed because of a cold draught

Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica contained a simple calculation error that went unnoticed for 300 years.

The same apple tree from which an apple fell and supposedly hit Isaac Newton, inspiring his theory of gravity, is still growing at his family home over 350 years later

Robert Hooke, despite pioneering the experimental method and discovering many elements of gravitational theory first, was almost entirely erased from history by Sir Isaac Newton because they did not like each other and Newton lived 25 years longer, allowing him to edit history to his favour.

Isaac Newton invented calculus as fast as a college freshman class learns it

The only reason Indigo exists on the ROY G BIV spectrum is that Isaac Newton wanted 7 colors to correspond to the notes on a major scale

The tree where Isaac Newton discovered gravity is still alive and well, outside of his childhood home.

In 1720, stock speculation caused the value of shares for the South Sea Company to jump from£128 in January to £1000 in August. When the bubble burst, it financially ruined their investors. One investor, Sir Isaac Newton lost £20,000, equivalent to about £268 million in present day value. - fact check

Isaac Newton's "Principia Mathematica" almost wasn't published by the Royal Society of London because they had spent their whole budget on a book about fish, called "The History of Fishes". The cost was instead covered by astronomer Edmund Halley

Sir Isaac Newton kept a detailed list of all the sins he committed up until the age of 19.

Isaac Newton once tried looking at the sun in a mirror, essentially blinding himself for 3 days and experiencing afterimages for months.

When Isaac Newton was 20, he compiled a list of his sins. They included: "threatening my father and mother Smith to burne them and the house over them", "peevishness with my mother". and "wishing death and hoping it to some".

A piece of Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree was taken to space on a space shuttle mission to defy gravity

Isaac Newton's Principia, one of the most significant scientific works in history, was nearly left unpublished, as the Royal Society had already spent all their funds printing the hugely unsuccessful 'History of Fish'

By agreeing to be in star trek Stephen Hawking achieved two life dreams. First appearing in star trek his favorite show. Second playing cards with Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.

Isaac Newton poked a bodkin (a needle) in between his eye and bone and pushed it as close to the backside of his eye as he could. He then pressed it against his eye to study the patterns in his vision it made

The apple tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity is still alive and producing fruit.

Isaac Newton, who revolutionized mathematics and physics, spent almost as much time writing about and studying alchemy, and firmly believed in its viability as a science. - fact check

There are no known portraits of Robert Hooke because Isaac Newton destroyed them all.

Sir Isaac Newton went undercover in some of the most dangerous parts of London, created a network of spies, informants and witnesses to bring to trial William Chaloner, who was one Britain’s most successful con man and counterfeiter. Newton had him eventually hanged to death.

Isaac Newton poked around the back of one of his eyes with a large sewing needle and recorded how it changed his vision, as part of a self experimentation. He deemed it a success and wrote it up with a detailed diagram.

The Royal Society invested so heavily in the publication of The History of Fish that it almost went bankrupt and couldn't fund the publication of Isaac Newton's groundbreaking work Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.