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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Einstein liked the photograph so much that he sent it as a greeting card to his friends



Albert Einstein by Arthur Sasse, 1951

This photo was taken on Einstein's 72nd birthday (March 14, 1951), on his way back from an event in his honor. Supposedly, his car surrounded by the press, he shouted"That's enough, that's enough!" (the man had been posing and smiling for the cameras quite a lot that day), but no one paid much heed. Luckily for Sasse, who was begging for a smile, Einstein stuck out his tongue instead, and the photographer snapped what is now the most famous photo ever taken of the physicist. Indeed, even Einstein liked the photograph so much that he cropped out the scene and his companions in the car and made copies of it to send as a greeting card to his friends. And who can blame him?

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