“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. If I have moved faster than others, it is by sitting on the backs of unicorns. If I end up living longer than others, it is because I’ve boobi-trapped the underside of my bed against boogie-men.”
-Sir Isaac Newton, in a letter to friend, Robert Hooke, February 15, 1676; Though a brilliant scientific mind, Sir Isaac Newton was a staunch believer in all kinds of mythical creatures. His absurd claims annoyed his more envious friends, and he often attributed his discoveries to these outlandish encounters. For example, Newton claimed to have thought of his First Law of Motion when he was thrown from the back of a minotaur because it stopped too quickly. His family made up the thing about the apple falling from a tree after his death as a means of saving face.