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Brian Viner's Icons of the 20th Century; No 6: Albert Einstein

Sometime in the early Fifties, it is said, Marilyn Monroe, who had a thing for brainy men, asked to meet the brainiest of them all, Albert Einstein. The Nobel prize-winning physicist was well into his seventies by then, but he was just as impressed by a substantial cleavage as Monroe was by a substantial intellect. Apparently they got on rather well, and the comedian Arnold Brown has worked their improbable encounter into a sweetly whimsical tale, which has Einstein and Monroe returning to her hotel room after dinner and making themselves comfortable on the sofa. "Albert," says Marilyn. "Vot is it, my dear?" "I hope you don't mind me asking, but would you try to explain to me your theory of relativity?" Einstein pats Monroe's leg. "I'm terribly sorry, my dear," he says, "but I neffer go zat far on a first date."

Arts: Shooting fish in a barrel

Louis Theroux is the latest television presenter to achieve success by poking fun at Johnny Foreigner. In his second series of Weird Weekends he returns to American oddballs. But is the interviewer any less strange than his subjects?

Boxing: Beeb and the boxing boob

Alan Hubbard in Barnsley sees a showpiece on the ropes fight back

Focus: Home sweet digital home

The new 'cocooner' is no couch potato. But why go out when you can make the world come to you?

Plan to cure fear of maths at school

TEACHERS SHOULD organise desks in a U-shape and sing Five Little Speckled Frogs with their five-year-olds, according to new government guidelines on how to teach maths.

Blair picks Vorderman to head maths campaign

CAROL VORDERMAN, Britain's highest paid female television presenter, has been personally recruited by the Prime Minister to spearhead a campaign to raise standards in maths.

Stars in their minds

They don't fix their Barry Manilows up with false noses. They won't let men do Shirley Bassey. And don't even dream that they'll let you be a Black-and-White Minstrel. Welcome to Stars in Their Eyes, the weirdest show on television

`Countdown' is faked, says Parris

MATTHEW PARRIS, the man who "outed" Peter Mandelson, has exposed another beloved national institution, the cult Channel 4 show Countdown.

Property: Can Carol Vorderman really help you sell your home?

As the TV schedules fill up with property programming, Ginetta Vedrickis looks at the makeover phenomenon

On Location: Pub closed? Try the minicab office

ONE OF the marvellous things about alcohol is that it lands you in the strangest circumstances, which you accept as perfectly normal at the time. Until the next morning, when you think, "How did we end up in a bowling alley with that horse?"

The Joys of Modern Life; 22. `Countdown'

THE REWARDS of working from home are many, but the biggest must be the pleasure of not working from home.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL '98: And not a glimpse of Carol Vorderman...


Media: How Martin joined the ranks of the rich and famous

Martin Bashir has made his name interviewing celebrities, now he's one in his own right.

Mensa fails the sexism test

The society for big brains has just ousted its first female chairperson . Does it have enough basic common sense to thrive in the egalitarian Nineties?

God of footie floods BBC with fan mail

BRITAIN is in the grip of a cult. A fever is sweeping the nation and a twinkle-eyed, moustachioed TV presenter is to blame. For Des-mania has hit Britain.
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