An astronomer in the mid-1500s, Brahe was stolen from his parents by his uncle when he was 2. Everything got stranger from there. When he was 20 years old, his nose was torn off in a violent fight with a fellow scholar over a mathematic formula. Brahe spent the rest of his life wearing a prosthetic nose made out of copper. (Eat your heart out, Humpty.) He was said to posses up to 1 percent of Denmark’s wealth and lived in a castle with a psychic dwarf and an elk who died prematurely after drinking too much. You read that right; the elk apparently had a drinking problem. Brahe’s death is shrouded in mystery, but most believe he was poisoned by the Prince of Denmark for having an affair with the queen.