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  • Lenin's Brain:  When Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the father of Soviet Communism, died in 1924, scientists removed his brain and cut it into 31,000 slices.  They stored the slides at the Moscow Brain Institute, which was set up to study the brains of prominent Soviet citizens.  After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the oh-so-secret findings on Lenin's brain were released.  It was pretty average and unspectacular.