World-renowned physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, died age 76 on Wednesday.
Since his death people have been sharing a lil’ story about Hawking’s one big regret in life.
You see, when Hawking wasn’t vastly changing our perceptions of space and time, he like to, well, he like to run over people’s toes with his wheelchair.
More specifically, he enjoyed running over the toes of people he didn’t like with his wheelchair.
And there’s one person he never got the chance to, erm, run over.
The anecdote about his “special hobby” was first published in his biography, Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind, written by Kitty Ferguson.
It was later retold by Marlow Stern in a 2014 Daily Beast article.
In a fun aside, during this period, Hawking would enjoy running over the toes of people he didn’t like with his wheelchair. So in 1976, when Hawking was invited to attend Prince Charles’s induction into the Royal Society, he gave him the business. “The prince was intrigued by Hawking’s wheelchair, and Hawking, twirling it around to demonstrate its capabilities, carelessly ran over Prince Charles’s toes,” according to the biography Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind. “One of Hawking’s regrets in life was not having an opportunity to run over Margaret Thatcher’s toes.”
It’s now doing the rounds on Twitter and people are bloody loving it.
one of my favorite things about stephen hawking is that he was mean to all the right people pic.twitter.com/7jd3vLp5ql
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) March 14, 2018
Rest In Power pic.twitter.com/8YxVAAjaEa
— Bracket Genius (@lib_crusher) March 14, 2018