FattyCorpuscle: I’ve been on the internet too long. I was totally expecting that title to end “…who would occasionally shave off slices with a kitchen knife and server it to guests for dinner.”
*edit serve, not server.
SylviaIsDaBomb: There’s an amazing essay written by Michael Paterniti about the man who had Einstein’s brain. It’s called Driving Mr. Albert. Here’s the link to the story: https://harpers.org/archive/1997/10/driving-mr-albert/
I was a nonfiction writing major in college and this was one of my favorite pieces to read. I highly recommend.
Demderdemden: Let he who has never sent slices of Einstein’s brain through the mail cast the first stone
Zome_ONE: How this happened:
Einstein: “When I die I want my brain donated to science”
Some weird old dude: “hi my name is Science, I’m here to pick up a brain?”
Fail_Panda: Does he have JFKs too?
Stevarooni: I picture this retiree on a rocking chair, waiting for his old-timey phone to ring.
HuggableBuddy: How disgraceful.
Anda1anda2: There is a great documentary about this, made in 1994, called Einstein’s Brain, which follows the Einstein otaku across America in search of the brain.
Some questioned the doco’s credibility, but I think it has subsequently been reasonably verified. Either way it is an interesting watch.
Xul-luX: “hello, my name is Hannibal. Could you please send me a little piece of brain?, Sincerely yours.”
horses_and_hunting: That Japanese professor? Albert Einstein.
keyboard_interrupt: This is sampled in a song somewhere….
10_Virtues: We keep one of the brightest minds in a pickle jar and slowly butcher it and yet we put Hitler’s brain in a cold-blooded killing machine of a shark.
Totally_Not_Hitler_: Wait, what? …can.. can I still get a slice?
Sadpanduh007: Wow that’s terrible, I ought to give this guy a piece of my mind!
JimiSlew3: Huh. Today I saw a picture of Einstein on reddit and wondered what happened to his brain. Now, on reddit, the answer.
GreenElectrodes: This seems so disrespectful. Just let Einstein keep his brain.
DamianHigginsMusic: I think this is the most disturbing thing I’ve read on here
_EmG: What in the actual fuck
spinosaurus_tech: and that retiree in kansas einstein
RegularSizeLebowski: Einstein’s brain has its own [wikipedia page](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein%27s_brain). I can’t think of any other brain that would have its own page.
SimplyEvil: This is the most insane TIL I’ve ever read.
redtert: How do we know for sure that it’s really Einstein’s brain? Have they DNA tested it? What if he did a switcheroo, kept Al’s brain and handed in the brain of some homeless drifter?
Misdirected_Colors: …y tho?
analazia: After keeping up with TIL for a while, nothing surprises me anymore.
adventuregalley: I was totally expecting some sort of comedy spoof opening the jar. I went from waiting for the spill trying to open the lid to what the heck am I watching, this is for real.
gkiltz: it’s actually in pieces in many different labs
noidwasavailable: Does it annoy anyone else that the title is a fragment?
Runecian: So, to sum, Einstein’s brain slices have been served around the world for years, and one man in Kansas has what remains of the brainloaf?
God this is a weird morning.
GolpeNarval: That’s sad
i didn’t know his brain was missin .
I always thought someone should have keept it in case humanity develops a way to pass brain information to a computer.
lod254: So what do I need to do to get a piece?
Bunch_of_Shit: But are they fresh slices?
theartfulcodger: While the BBC clip dates from 1994, and the article itself was published two years ago, this has long been public knowledge.
In fact, *Omni* magazine published a lengthy and damning article detailing pathologist Harvey’s disastrous stewardship of Einstein’s brain way back in December of 1978. Included was a two-page photo of Dr. Harvey seated behind his desk in his disaster of an office, Behind Dr. Harvey and on a high shelf, could be see the brain and its container – dusty, ignored and partially obscured by piled papers and files.
Singleservingfriendx: “I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.”
― Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History
shegotmass: You know at least one them ate it thinking they would become smarter.
wezli333: My uncle’s brain is in a jar. It’s really sad, because he’s not dead yet.
Getahaircuthippy: Is this a fucking joke
Kidxombie: Doesnt a brain just slide apart like jello if you start cutting into it?
doryuka: Now that someone knows this…. I hope to god people in black coats walked up to their house and took that shit from them. Fucking assholes ruining one of the most iconic brains in recent history. Who the fuck does this honestly???
Nipwns: It upsets me that Einstein’s brain was just jarred, like that’s his defining feature y’know, maybe someone will jar my bad attitude when I’m gone, good luck to the bugger who tries.
Youshouldfeelgood: I can see EA buying this and selling slices for ever increasing increments.
Tyrant_Flycatcher: [Theme song for this thread]
HoustonWelder: For me, this story really is descriptive of every embarassing thing wrong with America.
morderkaine: Is this how you get clones?
I hope this is how you get clones.
Snakeoilsage: And then Professor Bobo got into it and it was all sticky with may-oh-naise.
H0leface: I mean…Am I the only one that thinks he definitely ate that slice of brain?
hunter2ismypass: What a dick.
katderieg: Basically how natural history museums work
IpMedia: I could have seriously gone and lived the rest of my life without knowing this…
aronnyc: Didn’t they create [an app of Einstein’s brain](https://www.theverge.com/2012/9/25/3386640/einstein-brain-scan-app)?
Yokiyoki87: That guy probably had none of his own.