The Relative merits of smoking and drinking

Nearly everyone knows that Albert Einstein, who died on April 18, 1955, was famous for his theory of relativity and for his work on quantum mechanics. But austere photos of the genius, such as the one accompanying this blog, don’t do him justice. He was not some uptight science geek who thought only of physics.

The young Einstein enjoyed partying and drinking quite a bit. He belonged to a Swiss drinking – and-debating club called the Olympia Academy, which he said had a great effect on his career. He also wrote at one time that he and his then wife, Milevea Maric, both ended up “alEinsteinas, dead drunk, under the table” at the club.

Einstein also long resisted his doctor’s advice that he give up smoking his pipe. Smoking the pipe, Einstein said, helped him quiet his mind and think better. Even when he finally quit smoking, he continued to use the pipe, propping it in his mouth and chewing on the stem.

I’m not advocating smoking and drinking here. I’m only noting that one of the world’s smartest men indulged in those activities.

My favorite con man

The stories about con artists are familiar enough that we’ve immortalized them in jokes and songs:

Want to buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

I have some ocean-front property for sale in Arizona.

But this g

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Count Victor Lustig

uy may have been the best ever. Count Victor Lustig actually sold the Eiffel Towner in Paris. Twice.

 

He also was involved in many other confidence schemes prior to being arrested and ending up in Alcatraz.  There’s more at the link below.

Enjoy. And by the way, I’m considering selling the Mount Sneffels if anyone is interested.

Smithsonian.com article on con man