In the Thirty Seventh Life of Einstein

The teacher asked the curious kids, “What way can you think of for turning matter into energy, as E=mc2 suggests?” There was murmur in the class, talk of breaking up the atom in reactors and making new nucleons, then silence with faces pleading for answer. The teacher smiled and said, “Well, why, you can simply burn a piece of paper for that!” While he said, an student in the corner, with disorderly hair and a dangling tongue, suddenly broke out in a chuckle, then laughed harder and lost balance and howled with laughter on the floor, tears of joy flowing down and his voice making the shocked class and interrupted teacher sound ever more silent, until he had no energy left for the laughter and used his body mass as energy, bit by bit, until he was no more.


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