We all know Albert Einstein and not necessarily for his work as a physicist! On the flip side, we’ve all seen this photo of an old man with crazy hair sticking a mocking tongue at the photographer at least once! For those who don’t know, he’s Albert Einstein!
On the scientific side, Einstein is a German physicist and theorist who wrote the theory of special relativity. But that is not the question today … Because we now know why he stuck his tongue out in this photo that was all over the world!
A joker genius!
We know that Albert Einstein was a genius of the Joker genre! And this photo only confirms the state of mind of this brilliant physicist. This photo is a shot of a “moment of life”! A photo that was not posed, not thought of and taken on the spot. And this photo was taken on the occasion of the physicist’s 72nd birthday on March 14, 1951.
It was by chance that the American press agency UPI (United Press International) took this photo that was to become famous! The birthday party in his honor took place at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.
No, he didn’t do it on purpose, well, almost!
Einstein was a physicist followed by the paparazzi, and Einstein didn’t like the hype! As he left the anniversary with his wife and Professor Frank Aydelotte, former director of the Institute for Advanced Study, he broke through the crowd to seek refuge in the waiting limousine.
The story behind Albert Einstein’s most famous photo – It’s been 70 years since the genius physicist stuck his tongue out to annoying reporters. The photo made him an icon. But what’s the story behind it? https://t.co/FgyJf0PPSx pic.twitter.com/5KZXoovPEf
– George Roussos (@baphometx) March 13, 2021
The photographers didn’t let go of their prey, however, and when one of them said, “Hey Professor, please smile,” he turned around, a little annoyed, and stuck out his tongue. Arthur Sasse, the photographer, triggered the camera. He didn’t know when this photo would become some kind of official portrait of Einstein!