Joseph Priestley was a British chemist who was responsible for inventing the process for carbonation and the production of laughing gas, and therefore is indirectly responsible for “David After Dentist” and every soda you’ve ever enjoyed. Oh, he also discovered oxygen in 1774, which we guess is kind of useful, if you’re one of those people who’s into breathing.
Seeing their opportunity to rub Priestley’s face in his own theory, science proved that matter combines with oxygen through a process called oxidation and reduction, which in turn unlocked the building blocks of the natural universe. Despite his peers repeatedly pointing out how completely crazy it made him look, Priestley stuck to his guns. As the rest of science raced forward to where we are today, Priestley told them, “You guys go ahead without me, I’m going to hang back. I’ve got a good feeling about this theory that seems more appropriate for World of Warcraft.” (Not an exact quote.)