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What the Einsteins fought about, or, How All Skiing Families are Alike.

post #1 of 19
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I just heard a radio interview of Walter Isaacson, who has written a new biography of Albert Einstein. He discusses Einstein's estrangement from his family. In 1915 he was living in Berlin and his wife and children were in Zurich. His son, Hans Albert, wrote to him asking why he never visited, and telling him that his mother had promised him a pair of skis for Christmas as long as his father agreed to pay for them. Albert responded that the borders were closed, he was having a tough time on his own, there was nothing to eat in Berlin, and 70 Swiss francs was far too much for skis!
post #2 of 19
And then Hans claimed he could ski 70 mph, and Albert told him he was a gaper, and Hans challenged him to a ski-off, and Albert said that based on how fast everyone claims to ski, apparently the perceived speed of a skier is a constant, and Hans got so mad he just cut him off by saying, "That's all, relative!" Only he left out the comma and totally changed the meaning of the sentence, proving that punctuation really does matter.
post #3 of 19
ROFL...I almost lost it reading that post.
post #4 of 19
After all the crap I've been reading here over the past few days, this really made me laugh! And boy, did I need a good laugh!
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston View Post
And then Hans claimed he could ski 70 mph, and Albert told him he was a gaper, and Hans challenged him to a ski-off, and Albert said that based on how fast everyone claims to ski, apparently the perceived speed of a skier is a constant, and Hans got so mad he just cut him off by saying, "That's all, relative!" Only he left out the comma and totally changed the meaning of the sentence, proving that punctuation really does matter.
LOL
post #6 of 19
"It's all relative" .....

Remember that Albert married his first cousin.
post #7 of 19
I have been waiting to meet the evil Anti-Einstien...

Some guy that's as dumb as a rock
but has really nice hair.
post #8 of 19
Christmas ?
post #9 of 19
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Christmas ?
All right, already, so maybe it wasn't Christmas.
Nice catch.
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
It was Christmas. Einstein was Jewish, but completely secular, although he did become an ardent Zionist after the rise of active antisemitism in the '30s. His first wife was Serbian, was not Jewish, and while their children may not have been raised as Christians, they were subject to the normal cultural gift pressure of their environment. Christmas was a big deal even in 1915.
post #11 of 19
Boy! The things you learn about skiing when you read this forum ....
post #12 of 19
And he attended Catholic school.
post #13 of 19
Freud and Einstien were both right, it's all about your relatives.
post #14 of 19
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I have been waiting to meet the evil Anti-Einstien...

Some guy that's as dumb as a rock, hung like a horse,
and has really nice hair.
Allow me to introduce myself.
post #15 of 19
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I have been waiting to meet the evil Anti-Einstien...

Some guy that's as dumb as a rock
but has really nice hair.
John Edwards?
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Bondo View Post
I have been waiting to meet the evil Anti-Einstien...

Some guy that's as dumb as a rock
but has really nice hair.
Sam Malone?
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Al Sharpton? Well, at least it's lots of hair.
post #18 of 19
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John Edwards?
Having just moved from NC....I'd have to agree.
post #19 of 19
My daughter just told me I have nice hair. She said I could draw my own conclusion... I never was much of an artist, so am not really sure what she meant.
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