25 Smart Facts About Albert Einstein That Are Too Incredible to Ignore

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1Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein hated wearing socks. In a letter to his wife, he said that the reason he stopped wearing them was that his big toe always ended up making a hole in them.


2. When Albert Einstein met Charlie Chaplin, Chaplin remarked, “The people applaud me because everybody understands me, and they applaud you because no one understands you.”


3. Albert Einstein and his wife Mileva Maric had a daughter in 1902, one year before they were married. The existence of "Lieserl" was concealed and only discovered in 1986. Einstein is believed to have never met her and what happened to her is a mystery.


4. The famous photo of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue was taken at the end of his 72nd birthday celebration. A photographer tried to persuade him to smile for the camera for the last time, but having smiled for photographers many times that day, Einstein stuck out his tongue instead.


5. Albert Einstein would charge people $1 for an autograph. He'd then donate this money to charity.


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6Israel Presidency

In 1952, Albert Einstein was offered the Presidency of the State of Israel. He declined, saying that as a scientist trained to deal with objective facts, he lacked the aptitude and experience to deal with people.


7. When little Albert Einstein saw his sister Maria for the first time he thought she was a toy and asked: "Yes, but where does it have its small wheels?"


8. When Albert Einstein and his former student Leó Szilárd read in a newspaper that a family was killed because of a faulty seal in their refrigerator (with toxic ammonia), they decided that they would invent the refrigerator without moving parts, hence no seals. This became the Einstein-Szilard refrigerator.


9. Albert Einstein, as part of his divorce, offered his wife all the money he would get if he were to win the Nobel prize. She accepted and years later he delivered on his promise.


10. Albert Einstein worked as an electrician on the Oktoberfest 1896.


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11Maxwell

When Albert Einstein was asked if he stood on the shoulders of Isaac Newton, he replied “No, on the shoulders of Maxwell.”


12. Albert Einstein was a fan of the children's puppet show, Time for Beany. On one occasion, the physicist interrupted a high-level conference by announcing, "You will have to excuse me, gentlemen. It's Time for Beany."


13. Albert Einstein used the same soap for shaving and washing because of a firm conviction that two kinds of soap needlessly complicate life.


14. In 1916, Albert Einstein wrote an article proposing a more efficient shape for wings. The plane built with his wings barely left the ground.


15. When Albert Einstein arrived in Paris by train in 1922, many high profile reporters, diplomats were waiting for him on the platform. Instead, he sneaked out the back car and off down the tracks, laughing "like a child."


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16Excellent student

Albert Einstein actually had good grades in school, with the highest scores in his A-levels for algebra, geometry, descriptive geometry, history, and physics. His reputation for being bad at school comes from his dislike of school authority, leading to clashes with teachers.


17. Albert Einstein married his first cousin, Elsa Löwenthal. Not only were their mother's sisters, but their fathers were cousins too, making the married couple second cousins as well. The relationship began while Einstein was still married to his first wife, physicist Mileva Marić.


18. Albert Einstein smoked cigarette butts picked off from the street and went out sailing when there was no wind because it was 'more challenging.'


19. When asked what was the speed of sound Albert Einstein said: "[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books."


20. Albert Einstein was a lousy sailor and he had a boat named "Tinef" which is Yiddish for "little piece of junk.


21Spy affair

Albert Einstein once had an affair with a Soviet spy named Margarita Konenkova.


22. Albert Einstein's eyes remain in a safe deposit box in New York City.


23. When Albert Einstein "wanted a divorce from his first wife, he gave her the ultimatum that, if she wanted to remain with him and not grant him a divorce, then he expected her to serve him three meals a day in his room but not expect any intimacy in return."


24. In 1930, Albert Einstein met with fellow Nobel laureate, Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore and had a friendly debate. Einstein found that he believed more in absolute truth than the religious man he was debating, leading him to say to Tagore, "Then I am more religious than you are!"


25. Albert Einstein had at least seven extramarital affairs and fathered an illegitimate child.

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