Twisted True Tales from Science
by Stephanie Bearce
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Publisher: Prufrock Press
Did you know that Nikola Tesla invented a death ray gun and was also afraid of women who wore jewelry? How about the Chinese scientists from two-thousand years ago who were trying to create a medicine that would make them live forever but accidentally blew up their lab and discovered gun powder?
Find out more about the strange history of science in Twisted True Tales from Science, a new non-fiction series that introduces kids to some of the most twisted yet completely true stories from science. These books are perfect for the gross-but-true legends of the Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not! stories.
Freaky Facts from Insane Inventors
Tycho Brahe was an amazing scientist. He catalogued the stars and worked on the theory of gravity. But he was also crazy proud and once fought a duel to defend a math equation. He lost the duel and got his nose cut off. He spent the rest of his life doing research wearing a fake metal nose, but he never gave up fighting.
Nikola Tesla was crazy smart. He discovered alternating current, radio waves, lasers and wireless communications, but he was also scared of germs, insects, and women who wore pearls. One time his secretary made the mistake of wearing pearls to work and he sent her home. Tesla also loved pigeons and considered them his dearest friends. He kept so many in his apartment that neighbors complained of the stench. But despite his weird antics Tesla was one of the most prolific inventors in the world and held 700 patents when he died.
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