34 Strange But True Facts About Albert Einstein

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1Gifted musician

Albert Einstein was also a gifted musician, playing both the piano and violin with exceptional skill. He once said: "The greatest scientists are artists as well."

2. When he was dying, Albert Einstein refused surgery, saying "I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly."

3. Hours before his death, Albert Einstein was still attempting to prove his Theory of Everything.

4. Albert Einstein’s last words were spoken in German to a nurse who didn’t speak German and are lost forever. During Einstein's autopsy, the pathologist stole his brain. He kept it for forty years in a Tupperware container, before being convinced to return it to Einstein's relatives.

5. Albert Einstein once received a letter from a girl lamenting that she couldn't be a scientist because of her gender. He responded, "I do not mind that you are a girl, but the main thing is that you yourself do not mind. There is no reason for it."

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6Einstein's fans

Albert Einstein was approached so often by fans wanting explanations of his theories he would say, "Pardon me, sorry! Always I am mistaken for Professor Einstein."

7. Albert Einstein mused that he would have liked to have been a plumber, and promptly was awarded honorary membership in the plumbers’ union.

8. Albert Einstein considered himself an agnostic, not an atheist: "You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth."

9. Albert Einstein wanted to be cremated and his ashes scattered with his brain in his head to "discourage idolaters" but the doctor performing the autopsy put the brain in formaldehyde and kept it for himself.

10. Albert Einstein often would appear in front of women in a silk bathrobe where it would “accidentally” pop open. He would then make a move depending on the woman’s reaction.

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11Albert 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.

12. 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.”

13. 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.

14. 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.

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

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16Israel 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.

17. 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?"

18. 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.

19. 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.

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


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

22. 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."

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

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

25. 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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