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There’s something compelling about preserving one of the greatest brains in history, so keeping Albert Einstein’s would be understandable enough—if he’d given permission. Einstein asked to be cremated, with the ashes scattered secretly so no one would consider the site special. But Thomas Harvey, the doctor on call when Einstein died in 1955, removed the brain without the family’s permission so he could do scientific research on the brain of a genius. He kept the jar with the organ in a beer cooler for more than two decades, until a reporter called him out.
In spring 2012, Czech police were called to a resort to investigate a ski lift that had gone missing. The thieves had no small task getting the goods—the job involved three steel columns and the structures supporting them, plus more than half a mile of steel cable.