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After receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918, Max Planck went on tour across Germany. Wherever he was invited, he delivered the same lecture on new quantum mechanics. Over time, his chauffeur grew to know it by heart: “It has to be boring giving the same speech each time, Professor Planck. How about I do it for you in Munich? You can sit in the front row and wear my chauffeur’s cap. That’d give us both a bit of variety.” Planck liked the idea, so that evening the driver held a long lecture on quantum mechanics in front of a distinguished audience. Later, a physics professor stood up with a question. The driver recoiled: “Never would I have thought that someone from such an advanced city as Munich would ask such a simple question! My chauffeur will answer it.”

Farnam Street – The Two Types of Knowledge

Pe litoral

Porumbul fiert a fost eroul sejurului meu, stîrnind pasiuni versificate şi replici de neuitat. Haznaua estivală se oglindeşte de minune în versurile de pe plajă. O scenă: „Luaţi porumbelul de la Gică Mondialul“, strigă un vînzător ambulant de pe plajele României. O doamnă se lasă tentată şi dă să cumpere porumbelul, dar dumnealui soţul o trage de coarda sutienului: „Şinşi lei un păpoşoi care creşte în grădină, fa? Ce, te-ai prostit de cap?“ „Păi, şi ce să fac, mă?“ „Să rabzi pînă acasă. N-o să crăpi.“

Constanța Vintilă Ghițulescu – Haznaua estivală

Tehnologii avansate

Douglas Adams, despre felul în care ne raportăm la tehnologie:

1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.

2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.

3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.