Einstein was making the rounds of the speaker's circuit, he usually found
himself eagerly longing to get back to his lab.
One night, while driving to yet another rubber-chicken dinner, Einstein mentioned
to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat resembled him)
that he was tired of making speeches.
"I have an
idea, boss," his chauffeur said. "I've heard you give this speech so many
times. I'll bet I could give it for you."
laughed loudly and said, "Why not? Let's do it!"
arrived at the dinner, Einstein donned the chauffeur's cap and jacket
and sat in the back of the room. The chauffeur gave a beautiful rendition
of Einstein's speech and even answered a few questions expertly.
Then a supremely
pompous professor asked an extremely esoteric question about anti-matter
formation, digressing here and there to let everyone in the audience know
that he was nobody's fool.
a beat, the chauffeur fixed the professor with a steely stare and said,
"Sir, the answer to that question is so simple that I will let my chauffeur,
who is sitting in the back, answer it for me."