Salvador Dalí, born Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, was one of the most iconic figures in 20th-century art. He is best known for his profound influence on Surrealism, a cultural movement that sought to channel the unconscious to unlock the power of the imagination.
Kanō Jigoro, the legendary founder of Judo. Despite being a smaller man, he could toss large men with ease.
The name Judo means “the gentle way” and the sport is built on principles such as justice, courtesy, safety, and modesty. Kanō saw the martial art as a way to bring people together, even while throwing opponents to the mat.
Born in 1860 in Mikage (now part of Kobe), Kanō moved to Tokyo with his father at age 11. Though he was known as a child prodigy in school, he often faced adversity. To build strength, he became determined to study the martial art of Jujutsu. During his time as a student at Tokyo University, he finally found someone who would teach him—Jujutsu master and former samurai Fukuda Hachinosuke.
Nyakim Gatwech is a South Sudanese model who is known as the Queen of The Dark because of her very dark skin, a result of high levels of melanin
At a tender age, Nyakim Gatwech found herself shedding tears at night, convinced that she wasn’t beautiful enough. Fast forward to today, and this 24-year-old South Sudanese model has blossomed into an iconic figure of beauty, inspiring young women all over the world. Her secret? Self-love.
Bob Lazar, who worked at Area 51 sketched the alien spacecraft that he worked on
Bob Lazar is a figure who stands out in the world of ufology for his controversial claims. Born on January 26, 1959, in Coral Gables, Florida, Lazar has led a life that has become a focal point of debates among UFO enthusiasts, scientists, and skeptics alike.
Lazar first came to public attention in 1989 when he appeared in an interview with investigative reporter George Knapp on Las Vegas TV station KLAS. In the interview, Lazar claimed to have been part of an ultra-secret project at a site known as S-4, close to the infamous Area 51 in Nevada. According to Lazar, his work at S-4 involved reverse-engineering alien technology from nine recovered extraterrestrial spacecraft.
J. Robert Oppenheimer’s ID badge from the Los Alamos Laboratory\
J. Robert Oppenheimer was a pivotal figure in the Manhattan Project that developed the first nuclear weapons during World War II. Often called the “father of the atomic bomb,” Oppenheimer oversaw the creation of the bombs that would devastate Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. However, he later became an outspoken critic of nuclear weapons, warning of the dangers of this terrifying technology he helped unleash.
Mark Zuckerberg training with UFC Champs Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski
Bruce Lee training routine, 1960’s
Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-tow minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a-half minutes per mile].
So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.”
I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.”
The last image of Franz Reichelt, an Austrian-born French tailor who is remembered for jumping to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design.
Like all parachutes, Reichelt’s idea relied on the increasing the surface area of a falling person in an attempt to slow their descent, but instead of being attached to an overhead canopy, his parachute would be integrated into the flight suit itself.
Reichelt’s suit had a number of extra panels and flaps that would deploy as a person was in freefall. Or at least that was the idea.
Jean-Claude Van Damme with Frank Dux During The Filming Of Bloodsport
Frank Dux claims to hold several martial arts world records, including 56 knock-outs in a row and the fastest knockout punch ever thrown — but that only he can verify them because they happened at a covert martial arts tournament in the Bahamas.
And although the story of the tournament was later turned into the cult action classic “Bloodsport,” there is little evidence to back up Dux’s claims.
In fact, when he produced his prize cup for winning the underground championship, reporters found out that he had bought it himself at a trophy store in San Fernando Valley.
Maurice Tillet: The 1940s Wrestler Who Inspired the Character of Shrek
Maurice Tillet was born in 1904 in the Ural Mountains of Russia, to French parents. As a child, he earned the nickname “Angel” due to his cherubic appearance. However, his father’s death at an early age meant that his mother had to raise him alone. When the Russian Revolution erupted, they moved to Reims, France.