Albert Einstein Said If He Could Do It All Again, He Would Be a Plumber

In November 1954, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to a magazine in which he declared that, were he a young man again, he would try not to become a scientist. “I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances,” he wrote. Across the nation, plumbers responded. The famous physicist was offered membership in the Chicago plumbers union, and a New York plumber by the name of Stanley Murray even said he was ready to change the name of his company to Einstein and Stanley Plumbing Co. An Ohio tool manufacturer that specialized in plumbers tools even sent Einstein a set of genuine Toledo plumbers pipe tools to help him get started with his career change. Today, there are still Einstein Plumbing companies across the country.