As a companion thread to The truly great threads in SDMB history I’d like to propose a thread dedicated to the Dopers who have shed light on (if not outright solved) some of the great mysteries of our times. Please join in the nominations with as much background data as you can provide on the merits of your nominee(s).
First, I must applaud the work of cochrane who, in this post, disclosed “To lay this puzzle to rest, it’s 14 karats of gold in a Florentine pietra dura (an art piece made of highly polished and inlaid colored stones).”
Next, Earl Snake-Hips Tucker’s wonderful contributions to “It doesn’t do anything. That’s the beauty of it!” Pt. 2 by way of this post.
Surely there are many others who have opened our eyes to things we just didn’t know, or weren’t sure of, in their service to the concept of fighting ignorance. Please add to the list here.