Bohr’s Horseshoe

April 10, 2008 at 9:11 am 10 comments

Just something light and funny that I came across:

An American scientist once visited the offices of the great Nobel prize winning physicist, Niels Bohr, in Copenhagen. He was amazed to find that over Bohr’s desk was a horseshoe, securely nailed to the wall, with the open end up in the approved manner (so it would catch the good luck and not let it spill out).

The American said with a nervous laugh, “Surely you don’t believe the horseshoe will bring you good luck, do you, Professor Bohr? After all, as a scientist –”
Bohr chuckled.
“I believe no such thing, my good friend. Not at all. I am scarcely likely to believe in such foolish nonsense. However, I am told that a horseshoe will bring you good luck whether you believe in it or not.”

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  • 1. sea of memories  |  April 11, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Good one Ritwik. Whether you believe it or not! 😀

    Reply: 🙂 And I do believe it . . . Niels Bohr was a notoriously witty person!


  • 2. rick mobbs  |  April 11, 2008 at 6:52 am

    i love this.

    Reply: We all love a good laugh, don’t we Rick!


  • 3. Saro  |  April 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Ritwik:

    A bit out of topic, but here’s that scene from Beautiful Girls that I finally laid my hands on:


  • 4. yaake  |  April 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    ROFL… Good one! You should read this book called “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman”…
    Its amazing!! 🙂

  • 5. T  |  April 18, 2008 at 2:32 am

    ::smiling::: very cute


  • 6. Inam  |  April 22, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Hey I like this one! Pleasant reminder that science need not always be on loggerheads with the occult. The night hides so many secrets and the cats are the only lucky ones.

    Reply: Well said Inam!


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  • 9. Einstein?  |  November 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    “An American scientist” you say? I believe this famous “American” scientist was also called Einstein, was he not?

  • 10. Shuggy  |  April 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    This flawless logic appears in many chain letters – and doubtless helps them to proliferate.


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