OK, some think that "Time" magazine is going to name E.L. JAMES (the woman who wrote "50 Shades of Grey") as their Person of the Year.
(It could also be PSY, the South Korean rapper behind "Gangnam Style." I mean he DID after all beat Justin Bieber on You Tube viws... oh my.)
So here's a refreshing counterpoint. Researchers at MIT just finished a scientific study to determine the 20 most influential people in history. It's based on their influence at the time, and how much impact they have on people now.
And to figure that out, the researchers analyzed . . . Wikipedia!
They analyzed the way different historical figures were discussed on all of the different language versions of Wikipedia, and searched for words that showed signs of influence.
In the end, they found the most influential person in history was... JESUS. Eat THAT, E.L. James and Psy!
Only one of the people on the list is still alive today. That's NELSON MANDELA, who came in 17th place. The other 19 are all dead, and in many cases, they've been dead for hundreds or thousands of years.
Here are the top 10 most influential people in history:
#1.) Jesus Christ.
#3.) Sir Isaac Newton.
#5.) Albert Einstein.
#7.) The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.
#8.) Leonardo da Vinci.
Thoughts? Do you feel they missed anyone?