May 19, 2020

10 Real Life Absent-Minded Professors

8 min

The absent-minded professor is a stock character from comedy. He (it is usually a he) is a person so concerned with esoteric knowledge and deep thought that he cannot deal with the real world. This can either be seen as an anti-intellectual theme (“See, he ain’t so smart”) or a comforting myth (“I may not be as smart as him, but I never put my cat in the washing machine”). It turns out, though that there really are people who while brilliant in one area are radically deficient in worldliness.

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