Who wrote their PhD thesis in the shortest amount of time?
"George Dantzig arrived late to class, found some problems on the board and copied them down assuming they were homework. He took them home, worked them out. A couple of days later he gave his work to his professor, while apologizing for taking so long, because the questions were a bit harder than usual.
What he didn’t know was that those questions on the board weren’t homework, but some examples of unsolved problems that were being discussed in class.
A year later he asked his professor for help choosing his thesis topic and the professor just told him to put those two problems in a binder and he’ll accept them as his thesis."
A couple of days, that's quick. Although it took him a year to get around to asking the professor about an appropriate topic. Heh. Unfathomable genius.