Albert Einstein an interesting sort of fellow. Yes, he crafted the theory of relativity and all that, but that’s not what interests me most about good ol’ Al. What interest me most is what he had to say about everyday life. Think about it. If you had the genius of Einstein, how would you change your everyday living?
Fortunately, enough is known about the professor’s life to give us a glimpse. Here are a few interesting looks at the Professor at home.
– Einstein rarely wore a summer hat. Instead he kept a clean white handkerchief in his pocket all summer. When he needed a hat he knotted the four corners and plopped it over his head.
It’s interesting, because knotting a handkerchief turns a 2 dimensional shape into a 3 dimensional shape that’s curved. It’s the kind of thinking that helped Einstein visualize the universe.
– When cooking a simple lunch of soup and a hard-boiled egg, Einstein boiled his soup with the egg inside, cutting the number of dirty pans in half. He claimed this was his second best idea.
– Although he wouldn’t seem the type, Einstein wore a leather coat, reasoning it may be the last jacket he’d have to buy.
– He often went without socks. He didn’t find them useful.
– His favorite article of clothing seemed to be sweaters. They were warm and required no ironing. They also covered his shirt, which did.
– And of course there’s his hair. If ever there was a “low-maintenance” haircut it was his tousled mane.
There’s lots more, but I’ll leave you with the one I find most important. The one I find most interesting is that Einstein refused to be cowed by popular opinion, an opinion that said it isn’t “normal” to wear knotted kerchiefs on your head, or to boil your eggs in soup.
When it came to the opinions of others on such petty things, he just didn’t care.