William Ferguson, chairman of Nynex Corporation, tells this story about Albert Einstein
in heaven: Einstein was having difficulty finding people on his intellectual level to talk
to, so one day he decided to stand at the pearly gates and ask everyone who entered what
their IQ was. Before very long he was having a lot of success guessing what people did for
a living on the basis on their level of intelligence. For instance, a woman was ushered
through the gates and in response to Einstein's question, said she had an IQ of 190.
"Why, you must be a physicist," Einstein said. "Indeed I am," said the
woman. "I'd love to chat with you about the progress being made in nuclear fusion and
in superconductivity, as well as what's going on in space," said Einstein.
"Please wait over there." He stopped a man who was entering the gates, and the
man told him his IQ was 140. "You must be a physician, probably a surgeon," said
Einstein. His guess was right. "Wonderful," said Einstein. "I want to talk
to you about the latest organ transplant techniques and their effects on life expectancy.
Can you wait a few moments until we can get together?" Another man walked in and told
Einstein he had an IQ of 95. "Is that so," said Einstien. "So what do you
think is going to happen with interest rates?"
Bits & Pieces, July, 1991.