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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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I know this for a fact because they put portraits of smart people on their banknotes, rather than featuring the usual toffs, millionaires, politicians, blockbuster authors and privileged upper middle class do-gooders.

Before the euro banknotes, the french banknotes where having portraits of French "celebrities" on them, whose names where used as a nicknames for the banknotes. We had the Berlioz, the Debussy, the Quentin de la Tour, the Delacroix, the Montesquieu and the Pascal.... scientists seem to lack popularity.

Also, +1 for Mr Dabbs' list!

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