James Danforth "Dan" Quayle (born February 4, 1947) was the 44th Vice President of the United States, serving under George H. W. Bush (1989–1993). He served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Indiana.
John Hagelin (born June 9, 1954) is an American particle physicist, three-time candidate of the Natural Law Party for President of the United States, and a leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement in the US. Hagelin was a researcher at the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and is now Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management.
Jasmuheen (born 1957 as Ellen Greve) is an Australia-based proponent of 'pranic nourishment' or breatharianism, defined as the practice of living without food or fluid of any sort. She appears at New Age conferences and conducts spiritual retreats in many countries which are in part funded by the sale of her books and audios.
Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986) was an American science fiction author who developed a self-help system called Dianetics, which was first published in 1950. Over the following three decades, Hubbard developed his self-help ideas into a wide-ranging set of doctrines and rituals as part of a new religion he called Scientology.
Michael Robert Milken (born July 4, 1946) is an American financier and philanthropist noted for his role in the development of the market for high-yield bonds during the 1970s and 1980s, for his 1990 guilty plea to multiple felony charges that he violated US securities laws, and for his funding of medical research. Milken was indicted on 98 counts of racketeering and securities fraud in 1989 as the result of an insider trading investigation.
Ronald M. Popeil is an American inventor and marketing personality, best known for his direct response marketing company Ronco. He is well known for his appearances in infomercials for the Showtime Rotisserie ("Set it, and forget it!") and for using Ed Valenti's (Ginsu knife creator) famous lines, "But wait, there's more!" and "Now how much would you pay?" Each phrase followed the addition of another item or feature to the catalog of a product's advantages or attachments.
Edward Teller (original Hungarian name Teller Ede) (January 15 1908 – September 9 2003) was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist, known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb," even though he did not care for the title. Teller emigrated to the United States in the 1930s, and was an early member of the Manhattan Project charged with developing the first atomic bombs.
Jacques René Chirac (born 29 November 1932) served as the President of France from 17 May 1995 until 16 May 2007. As President he also served as an ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra and Grand Master of the French Légion d'honneur. Chirac was the second-longest serving President of France (two full terms, first seven years and second five), behind François Mitterrand. Chirac is the only person to have served twice as Prime Minister under the Fifth Republic.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (born 25 December 1924), is an Indian statesman, who served as the eleventh Prime Minister of India. After a brief stint as Prime Minister in 1996, Vajpayee headed a coalition government from 19 March 1998 until 19 May 2004. He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from Lucknow until 2009, and has since retired from active politics.
Josiah Stinkney Carberry is a fictional professor, created as a joke. He is said to have taught at Brown University, and to be known for his work in "psychoceramics," the supposed study of "cracked pots. " The joke originated when John W. Spaeth posted a false notice for a Carberry lecture on a bulletin board at Brown in 1929.
The Legislative Yuan is the unicameral legislature of the Republic of China (ROC), whose territory consists of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu Islands. The Legislative Yuan is one of the five branches (called 'yuàn', "courts") of government stipulated by the Constitution of the Republic of China, which follows Sun Yat-sen's Three Principles of the People.
Erich Anton Paul von Däniken (born April 14, 1935) is a controversial Swiss author best known for his claims about extraterrestrial influences on early human culture, in books such as Chariots of the Gods?, published in 1968. Däniken is one of the main figures responsible for popularizing the paleocontact and ancient astronaut hypotheses. Däniken is a co-founder of the Archaeology, Astronautics and SETI Research Association (AAS RA).
John Paul Stapp, M.D. , Ph.D. , Colonel, USAF (Ret. ) (11 July 1910–13 November 1999) was a career U.S. Air Force officer, USAF flight surgeon and pioneer in studying the effects of acceleration and deceleration forces on humans. He was a colleague and contemporary of Chuck Yeager, and became known as "the fastest man on earth".
John Edward Mack, M.D. (October 4, 1929–September 27, 2004) was an American psychiatrist, writer, and professor at Harvard Medical School. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, and a leading authority on the spiritual or transformational effects of alleged alien abduction experiences.
Corentin Louis Kervran was a French scientist best known for his defense of the unconventional belief in biological transmutation. In WWII he was part of the French Resistance. He was a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Director of Conferences of the Paris University, Member of Conseil d'Hygiene de la Seine, a Member of the Commission du Conseil Supérieur de la Recherche Scientifique (1966). He was the recognised expert on radiation poisoning for the French government since 1945.
Michael Victor Berry (born 14 March 1941), is a mathematical physicist at the University of Bristol. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1982 and knighted in 1996. From 2006 he has been Editor of the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society. He is famous among other things for the Berry phase, a phenomenon observed e.g. in quantum mechanics and optics. He specialises in semiclassical physics, applied to wave phenomena in quantum mechanics and other areas such as optics.
Administratium is a well-known joke in scientific circles, and is a spoof both on the bureaucracy of scientific establishments and on descriptions of newly discovered chemical elements. In 1991, Thomas Kyle (the supposed discoverer of this element) was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for physics, making him one of only three fictional people to have won the award. The Spoof was written by William DeBuvitz in 1988 and first appeared in print in The Physics Teacher (January 1989 issue).
Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, also known as Nawaz Sharif, is a Pakistani politician and businessman. He was twice elected as the 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms, the first from November 1, 1990 to July 18, 1993 and the second from February 17, 1997 to October 12, 1999. His party is the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (Nawaz group).
Philip George Zimbardo (born March 23, 1933) is an American psychologist and a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is known for his Stanford prison study and his authorship of introductory psychology textbooks for college students.
Richard C. Hoagland (born April 25, 1945) is an American author and a proponent of various conspiracy theories about NASA, lost alien civilizations on the Moon and on Mars and other related topics. Claims from his personal biography and publication include having been curator for a science museum in Springfield Massachusetts at age 19 in the mid-60s. Hoagland does not have any scientific training.
Yoshiro Nakamatsu, born June 26, 1928, also known as Dr. NakaMats, is a Japanese inventor claiming to hold the world record for number of inventions with over 3,000, including "PyonPyon" spring shoes and the basic technology for the floppy disk, the CD, the DVD, the digital watch, CinemaScope, armchair "Cerebrex", sauce pump, and the taxicab meter.
Sanford "Spamford" Wallace (born c. 1968) came to notoriety in 1997, promoting himself as the original Spam King. Wallace's prolific spamming has resulted in encounters with the United States government, anti-spam activists, and large corporations such as Facebook and MySpace. Wallace initially started sending junk faxes before moving on to spyware and email spam.
Karl Sven Woytek Sas Konkovitch Matthew Kruszelnicki, AM is a scientist, who is best known as an author and science commentator on Australian radio and television. He is usually referred to as Karl Kruszelnicki or as Dr Karl. He holds degrees in mathematics, biomedical engineering, medicine and surgery. He has also studied astrophysics, computer science and philosophy.
Paul DeFanti is the recipient of the 1991 Ig Nobel Prize in the area of Pedestrian Technology "for his invention of the Buckybonnet, a geodesic fashion structure that pedestrians wear to protect their heads and preserve their composure. " This makes him one of only three fictional people to have won the award. DeFanti supposedly demonstrated his Buckminster Fulleresque invention at the awards ceremony.