Brilliant inventor Hiram Maxim revolutionised warfare with his invention of the Maxim machine gun. He was, however, a difficult man – arrogant, cantankerous, impulsive and rude. He also became increasingly deaf. How did one of the director’s of his company communicate with him?

Answer: He pulled on one of Maxim’s ear lobes, leant close and bellowed into his ear.

Source: The Gun – The story of the AK 47 by C J Chivers

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