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Some Crazy Facts About Albert Einstein on his 139th Birthday.

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After Einstein died in 1955, samples of his brain were highly sought after by researchers. According to Scientific American magazine, "His brain had extraordinary prefrontal cortices, right behind the forehead, which revealed an intricate pattern of convolutions. We know from comparative studies in primates that this part of the brain becomes highly specialized during hominin evolution. We also know that in humans, this area functions in higher cognition that entail working memory, making plans, bringing plans to fruition, worrying, thinking about the future and imagining scenarios.

1. Although there may be very few, if any, who have been as brilliant as Einstein, he wasn’t the brightest at everything. Sailing was a hobby he took up in college and continued throughout his life, but as he even acknowledged, he was a lousy sailor. And he didn’t know how to swim.


2. Einstein had a giant head when he was born, making his mother, Pauline Einstein, think he was deformed. According to the official Einstein website, his family was really worried something was wrong with the boy until the doctor assured them he was fine. But his grandmother wasn't convinced, saying about his head, "Much too fat, much too fat!"


3. Einstein was a quiet child, rarely speaking or speaking very slowly until he was 9 years old. His parents were very worried, not knowing this is a trait shared by many highly intelligent people. Otto Neugebauer, a science historian, wrote about Einstein's parents' relief when at the dinner table one night, Albert said, "The soup is too hot." When his parents asked why he had never said a word about his food before, the boy replied, "Because up to now, everything was in order."


4. Einstein did not like socks and often went without them. While at Oxford, he sent a letter to his wife Elsa, noting that he could get away “without wearing socks.”


5. When Einstein applied to university in 1895, at the age of 17, he managed to pass the math and science sections of the entrance exam but failed the history and language portion of the test. Einstein spent a year in trade school before he was finally admitted to study at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School.


6. He may have been working as a third-class examiner in a patent office, but otherwise, 1905 was very kind to Einstein. He published four papers that changed the face of physics, rocking hard beliefs about time, space, mass and energy which transported the world to modern science. He also wrote a doctoral dissertation.


7. By 1933, Einstein had gained much notoriety in Germany as a brilliant physicist, but this made him a target for the Nazis. He discovered that a price of approximately $5,000 had been put on his head, forcing him and Elsa to flee to the United States. According to Fred Jerome, author of The Einstein File, Einstein said he "wasn't worth that much."


8. Einstein gave us E=MC2, one of his greatest contributions. He also won the Nobel Prize in 1921. Neither is a surprise, right? But the shocker is this: Einstein did not win for the theory of relativity, but rather for the photoelectric effect.


9. Einstein may have been a pacifist and against nuclear warfare, but he also believed that America needed the atomic bomb before the Nazis. While he did not create the atomic bomb (as many believe), he did write to President FDR to encourage him to start working on it, which led to the Manhattan Project.


10. When Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, died, Einstein was offered the position. The genius declined the job, saying, “I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel, and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it as I do not have the head for solving problems.”






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