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5 People Who Were Amazingly Productive In Quarantine
These entities faced serious challenges during the Great Depression and lived to tell about it. Many investors lost everything during the market crash of 1929 because they had mistakenly assumed Wall Street's good times were never going to end. Floyd Bostwick Odlum had, with some partners, cannily turned $40,000 [ PDF] into a multimillion-dollar fortune by investing in utility companies.

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Using free time

Since the WHO declared the new virus a pandemic and officials have urged people to stay home as much as possible, many Americans have suddenly found themselves with more free time and limited ways ...

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an actor and shareholder with The King's Men theater troupe when the bubonic plague forced London theaters to close.

The theater industry was out of action for much ...

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Isaac Newton

In 1665, during one of the last major outbreaks of the bubonic plague in England, classes at Cambridge University were canceled, and Newton had to retreat to his family estate.

With zero str...

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Edvard Munch

Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch contracted the Spanish Flu at the beginning of 1919.

As soon as he felt physically capable, he gathered his painting supplies and began capturing...

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Thomas Nashe

Thomas Nashe was an Elizabethan playwright who gained fame around the same time as William Shakespeare.

When the bubonic plague hit London in 1592, Nashe fled to the English countryside to ...

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Giovanni Boccaccio

When the bubonic plague hit Florence in 1348, writer and poet Giovanni Boccaccio fled the city and stayed in the Tuscan countryside.

During this period, he wrote The Decameron, a collection...

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One of the interesting parts of the Great Depressions from history is not just how the economy collapsed, but how quickly and dramatically people’s views changed when it did.

People suffering from immediate, unexpected adversity are likely to adopt views they previously thought absurd. It’s not until your life is in full chaos (with your hopes and dreams your dreams unsure) that people begin taking ideas they’d never consider before seriously.

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