Albert Einstein speaking. Albert Einstein memes began popping up on the internet after Oppenhimer's release.

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‘His job is just beach’: Photo of Albert Einstein in sandals becomes a ‘feels like summer’ meme

He is seated.


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 28, 2023   Updated on Jul 31, 2023, 9:17 am CDT

Albert Einstein‘s appearances in Oppenheimer are brief but memorable, and it’s nice to know I wasn’t the only one who jumped when he popped out from behind a car late in the film. But a photo of Einstein lounging on the beach is stirring up much more discourse—and leading to memes.

On Thursday, the Twitter account @AlbertEinstein, which has been around since March 2013, posted a #ThrowbackThursday photo of Einstein sitting on the beach, legs crossed, wearing some cute sandals. “Feels like summer,” reads the caption.

In the comments, someone referenced the story behind the photo, which involves Long Island department store owner David Rothman selling Einstein a pair of women’s size 11 sandals, when the physicist was summering there in 1939. They were apparently the only sandals he had to sell at the time, and Rothman had initially misheard Einstein as wanting to buy “sundials.”

Albert Einstein memes

But in the quote-tweets, people came at the photo from a less, well, historical angle; more specifically, a lot of people referred to Einstein’s look as “cunty.” And there were quite a few references to the Barbie line about Ken’s job being “just beach.”

People also had thoughts about this photo of young Einstein.

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*First Published: Jul 28, 2023, 4:09 pm CDT