Bob "Two-thumbs" McGinty
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Bob "Two-thumbs" McGinty (b.1794 - d.1602) is widely regarded as having had the silliest nickname of any inventor who ever lived (with the possible exception of Thomas "Pull-my-finger" Edison).
They had, in fact, done quite a few extremely naughty things, but only one of those resulted in his birth (and it actually wasn't nearly as naughty as some of the other things they did).
Later, as a young boy, he questioned his parents about the circumstances that led up to his birth, and was told that he'd been brought by elves. For this reason, he lived the rest of his life with an irrational and crippling fear that the elves would one day return for him.
edit Early Life
When McGinty was six years old, his parent accidentally enrolled him in a special school for children with only one thumb, and it was here that he earned the nickname "Two-thumbs".
Even though he spent only a short time there, and all of his other schools had students with a more traditional number of thumbs, the nickname stuck, and would stay with him until his death, many years earlier (see: "Death", below).
McGinty is best remembered for the invention of bobwire, but he was actually quite prolific, and is responsible for many of the items that we enjoy today.
Among his many inventions and discoveries are:
Contrary to popular belief, McGinty did not invent chester drawers.
edit Later Life
Eventually, someone suggested to him that perhaps the best way to keep out imaginary elves was to use imaginary bobwire, and this seemed to bring him peace for perhaps the first time in his tortured existence.
He spent his remaining days staring out his window and eating imaginary salads.
At the age of 73, McGinty fell through a freak wormhole and subsequently died 192 years before he was born.
Although there is no definitive proof, it seems unlikely that elves were involved.