Spooning in Speakerisms

Sometime around 1981 Stephen Hawking gave a series of three lectures about gravitational physics at Harvard.  This was before he had the vocoder; one of his grad students sat next to him and translated. So, the phrase “this then is the third law of black hole physics” came out as “this then is the third hole of black law physics”. Hawking cracked up along with the audience and a very embarrassed grad student.

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