Kids! Do not try this at home!

If ever there were more wasted words, I don't know what they are. Think about it:

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If you think a kid, sitting at home, is going to sit on top of a huge rocket, at the edge of a cliff, and light it, you're even dumber than you think the kid is!

Seriously! Where the hell is a kid going to get a large rocket? And how are they going to get it to the edge of a cliff? And let's just say, hypothetically, they do manage to find themselves sitting on a rocket at the edge of a cliff about to light it, do we really care?

I mean, is this someone you want to have hanging around the gene pool, checking out your daughter or son?

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In the last couple of decades it seems, we have begun to coddle our children more and more. It used to be that parents let their kids make mistakes and bad choices. I'm not saying that a parent from the 50's would have let their kids do the rocket thing. They obviously wouldn't. But they also feel the need to tell their kids to not do it either.

Sometime back in the late 80's to early 90's, it seems like parents started thinking their kids were impressionable that they had to warn them off from doing anything. And it wasn't just young kids and cartoons, either. Suddenly music was causing our teens to become homicidal satan worshipers who killed for the fun of it.

While it's a good thing parents take an interest in their kids lives, and they are interested in keeping them safe, some of the things they do are absolutely stupid. I see parents warning their kids not to do the things no kid would have ever imagined doing. Until the parents told them not to, at least.

But no one wants to read about my thoughts on parenting. Especially since I'm not a parent. (luckiest kids ever were the ones I never had!)

Instead, you're all here to read this weeks edition of Made Up Mondays! The day where I tell you something and you decide if I'm lying or not!

Todays subject is Albert Einstein. Arguably one of the more brilliant scientists of the modern era. Maybe. It's debatable. There are some that say none of his breakthroughs were of the sort that, if he hadn't come up with them, they'd still be unknown. Quite a few think that had Einstein not come up with them, someone would have, probably within 25 years.

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Sour grapes, I say. They're just jealous they didn't come up with them. And even if someone else would have eventually come up with everything Einstein came up with, it doesn't make him any less brilliant.

I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about Einsteins background. If you don't know about that man already, I can't help you. (I could, just don't want to). Instead, I'm just going to move into the fun part of the post.

One of the things people don't think about when they think about people like Einstein is, they were regular people. They had hobbies, just like everyone else. Many of you know Einstein like to play the violin. But that was just one of his hobbies.

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What Einstein really liked to do was fiddle with small things. In his teen years, Einstein had become friends with a watch maker, Ernst Strugman. Einstein liked to spend his free time in Strugmans workshop. He was fascinated by the work Strugman did. It was intricate and complicated, like the physics he was studying. But, unlike physics, it was something you could actually put your hands on.

Strugman would give Einstein old watches that weren't repairable and let him take them apart. And once he became familiar with the workings, he showed Einstein how to fix watches. Part of fixing watches back then included being able to craft the replacement parts you needed. There was no internet to order parts from, remember.

After a few years, Einstein had to leave Germany to avoid military service, and that put an end to his friendship with Strugman. But he never forgot what he was taught. As he got older, he would fix watches for his friends and colleagues.

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When he was in his early 30's, he built his first watch. Some parts he acquired from watchmakers, while others he made himself. For him, it was a relaxing way to let his mind relax and think about other things, like physics, while keeping his hands busy.

Over the course of his life, Einstein built about a dozen pocket watches, which he always gave as gifts to co-workers. The last time one was sold was in 1978 when it was sold by Christies foe $65,000. (about $250,000 today)

Ok Noisers, true or wrong? Was Einstein an amateur watch maker or not?