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Einstein Was Asked How It Felt to Be the Smartest Man Alive and He Replied That They Would Have to Ask Nikola Tesla

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As an eminent pioneer in the realm of high frequency currents… I congratulate you on the great successes of your life’s work.

Albert Einstein ~ As quoted to Time magazine in 1931

Talk about taking the high ground. But would it be right to assume that Einstein would go further and say what he was supposed to have said? That when Einstein was asked how it felt to be the smartest man alive he replied, I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Nikola Tesla? Not likely. And if it were actually said it would most likely have been in jest rather than open and honest admiration. But we still doubt that it was ever said.

While Einstein often joked and made quips, that sort of comment doesn’t appear to be in his nature. Not only that, but it appears to be a spin on the other popular urban myth about Jimi Hendrix that has also been proven to be false

Jimi Hendrix was on the Tonight Show one time in the late 60s. Johnny Carson turned and asked him how it felt to be the greatest guitarist ever. Hendrix quickly responded: “I don’t know. You’d have to ask Phil Keaggy.”

Sound familiar? It does, doesn’t it? To tell you the honest truth, it sounds more like a modern day internet myth designed to prop up a modern-day viral champion of the people than actual words spoken by the men themselves. In fact, the first reference to the quote didn’t appear until 2010, over half a century after Einstein’s death. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”

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