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Re^3: poll ideas quest 2017
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop) on Jul 17, 2017 at 22:07 UTC

    Marie Curie for the shiny stuff
    Marie would sometimes sleep with a little jar of radium, gently glowing in the dark next to her bed - a reward for the hard labour of extracting it from pitchblende during the day. Radium was once added to toothpaste and other products for its supposed curative powers.

    Four years after her husband Pierre died (after slipping while crossing the road, one of the wheels of a heavy horse-drawn cart ran over his head), a huge scandal erupted in France when Marie became involved in a torrid love affair with a former student Paul Langevin, who was married with four children. To defend Marie's honour, Langevin challenged a newspaper editor to a duel, though no shots were fired. In an attempt to calm the situation, Einstein argued that "despite her passionate nature, she is not attractive enough to represent a threat to anyone".

Re^3: poll ideas quest 2017
by karlgoethebier (Abbot) on Jul 17, 2017 at 15:58 UTC

    Cool. And i didn't know that Hedy Lamar was also an inventor.

    BTW, doesn't her name sounds like a character from some novel by Raymond Chandler?

    Hedy Lamar: "You're not very tall are you?" Philip Marlowe: "Well, I, uh, I try to be".

    I'll add them all to the wish list. Best regards, Karl

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      I tried searching Raymond Chandler and Heddy Lamarr on Google to see if there was a connection, and google gently told me that it's actually Hedy with a single d (my bad for the mistake, I corrected it in my post). No connection though :P

      And yes she was also an inventor, that's part of the appeal I think, the actress who in her spare time invented a piano-based technology for torpedoes which is now used in Wi-Fi. It just sounds like a comically improbable movie character, which is ironic for an actress :) .

        Unbelievable. See also (Unfortunately the article is in German). And she is mentioned here. I guess Chandler would have been very amused. No to mention Hitchcock. Best regards, Karl

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        "...No connection though..."

        Yes. I faked the dialog from "The Big Sleep" a bit. The original character (sagt man so?) is Carmen Sternwood. Best regards, Karl

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