What are some weird facts about Isaac Newton?


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There are many weird facts about Isaac Newton, who was unique right from the start. Three months before he was born, his father died. Then, Newton was born prematurely and not expected to survive. He held on, but at the age of three, his mother remarried and left Newton to live with his grandmother.

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Newton was reunited with his mother at the age of 12.

As an adult, Newton blamed his dog for setting his lab on fire, which ruined 20 years worth of research.

Newton was a stutterer.

Newton never married and may have died a virgin. In part, this might have been because Newton found people perplexing. He once said, "I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people."

Toward the end of his life, Newton was known for strange behavior and suffered a nervous breakdown. This may have been a result of his alchemy experiments, which could have caused mercury poisoning.

Newton is known for formulating the laws of motion and universal gravitation. A popular legend says Newton was sitting under an apple tree when a falling apple hit him on the head, sparking his epiphany about gravity. In reality, this story probably never happened. Some historians think it is possible Newton was looking out the window at an apple tree while other historians think the entire apple story is a myth.

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