Posts Tagged ‘reader’s digest’

Li kai yang qi guan and Dr. Albert Einstein!

The Reader’s Digest magazine recently ran a poll to look for the “All-Time-Best Jokes”, and this one below, earned creditable mention.

A guy was at the hospital visiting his Chinese neighbor, who had been involved in a serious car accident. He found his friend in the ICU, among many tubes here and there, all connected to various medical equipment. The patient was sleeping peacefully… when suddenly he got up in a shock, his eyes popping out, yelling “Li kai yang qi guan!!!” Having said that, he died.
During the funeral, the guy approached his friend’s mother and his widow, and hugging both of them he asked,
“Mrs. Chen and Mrs. Lin, seconds before my friend Yuan Chen passed away he told me some words I cannot forget: ‘Li kai yang qi guan!!!’ Would you kindly tell me what do they mean?”
Yuan’s mother fainted, and the widow looked at the guy with a shocked expression in her face. The guy insists, “What do these words mean, Mrs. Chen?”
Furious, the widow replies, “That means ‘STEP OFF THE OXYGEN TUBE, YOU SON OF A B*TCH!!!”

Now, after that brief comic interlude, read about this…

I heard of this interesting tidbit only yesterday, at this authentic website

He died in his sleep at a hospital in Princeton, New Jersey on April 18, 1955, leaving the Generalized Theory of Gravitation unsolved. The only person present at his deathbed, a hospital nurse, said that just before his death he mumbled several words in German that she did not understand.

Now, that sets me wondering…

What other equations like the unbelievably beautiful and simple E=mc-squared did we miss?

Did he finally crack the Unified Field Theory?

What great and noble thought about world peace did he try conveying at that last moment of epiphany?

Did he want to have one last word with Tagore perhaps about God?

Hmm… All lost. Forever. Because of an illiterate American nurse who couldn’t “sprache Deutsche”…..

P.S:- I checked with a Chinese friend of mine. Yes, in Mandarin Chinese, that phrase “Li kai yang qi guan” actually means “Get off the oxygen tube”!!