How much do you know about Albert Einstein?

Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
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This quiz will test your knowledge about our favorite genius.

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Where was Einstein born?

Indeed, he was born in Ulm, in the Kingdom of Württemberg in the German Empire on March 14, 1879, to Hermann Einstein and Pauline Koch. The family moved to Munich in 1880, where his father and his uncle started a company that manufactured electrical equipment.

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After Einstein died, which part of him was stolen?

When Einstein died in New Jersey on April 18, 1955, the pathologist on call, Thomas Harvey, actually stole his brain. Harvey kept it in mason jars for half a century before donating it to Princeton Hospital. There are still rumors that Einstein's eyeballs are in a safe somewhere in New York City.

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Why did Einstein's mother think he was deformed?

When Einstein was born, the back of his head was so big, his family was concerned. The physician managed to calm them down, and the shape of his head evened out after a few weeks. When Albert's grandmother saw him for the first time, she supposedly muttered, "Much too fat, much too fat!"

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What test did he fail?

Einstein applied for early admission into the Swiss Federal Polytechnical School when he was 17. He failed and went to trade school before he retook the exam and was finally admitted a year later, proving that nobody should feel bad about getting rejected from a top-choice college.

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Where is Einstein's general relativity manuscript?

The paper has been flapping in the Mediterranean breeze ever since his wife Elsa sent it to Jerusalem. Hebrew University in Jerusalem is still pretty psyched to have his archives.

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What was Einstein's first job after graduating college?

After searching for a teaching position for two years, Einstein finally got a job in Switzerland at the Federal Office for Intellectual Property, where he evaluated patent applications for things like a gravel sorter and an electromechanical typewriter.

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How'd he spend his Nobel Prize money?

Einstein signed away his prize money to his ex-wife and their sons ... two years before he actually won the Nobel Prize in Physics and received said money. Guess he didn't think much of the competition that year.

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What university did Einstein help establish?

Einstein helped launch the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which opened in 1925. He gave guidance for early programs and was on the first Board of Governors.

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Which item of clothing did he dislike?

“Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilisation in high boots,” Einstein wrote to his second wife Elsa. We can't imagine he was all that comfortable wearing boots without socks, but then again, perhaps socks are Kryptonite to geniuses or something.

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Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
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