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Oct. 26th, 2007

lol, whenever they do a historical biography on people on NPR, someone always calls in with a personal anecdote about the historical figure and the guest expert always denies them.

The last one I remember went something like this:

Caller: "Einstein babysat my dad and bounced him on his knee at Los Alamos!"
Guest expert: "No, no he didn't. [insert cite]"

Todays was:

Caller: "My grandfather was at Dachau and he personally saw Werner Von Braun committing atrocities against jews!"
Guest expert: "No, no he didn't [insert cite]"

It's funny, but it's also a weird phenomenon how people's stories, whether they are made up or just mistakes become part of people's personal history.


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Oct. 26th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
Dude, my dad was taught to play chess by Kasparov. And he programmed Deep Blue. For reals, yo.

And Gustav Mahler sang him to sleep when he was a baby.
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