Albert Einstein receiving US citizenship papers from Judge Phillip Forman, January 1940. In 1933, with Nazism gaining power, Einstein renounced his German citizenship, left the country and eventually ended up the United States. After the Second World War and the Holocaust becoming public knowledge, Einstein refused to have anything to do with Germany.
ELLA KATE EWING (1872-1913): According to her publicity, Ella Kate Ewing, the Missouri Giantess, was 8 feet, 4 ½ inches tall, though her true height was closer to 7'3". She was born on March 9, 1872, in Louis County, Missouri, weighing seven and a half pounds at birth and grew normally until she was 9. She died of pneumonia at the age of 40 and was extremely self-conscience of her size 24 feet until her death.
The Death of Public Knowledge? How Free Markets Destroy the General Intellect // MIT Press // A collection of short, sharp essays exploring the value of shared and accessible public knowledge in the face of its erosion.