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26th Mar '17 9:55:08 AM nombretomado
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* Both Charlie Epps and Larry Fleinhardt of ''NUMB3RS'' are prone to this. Charlie gets better as the series progresses, but Larry is often prone to being so deep in contemplation of either physics, math or philosophy that he forgets what's going on around him.

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* Both Charlie Epps and Larry Fleinhardt of ''NUMB3RS'' ''{{Series/Numb3rs}}'' are prone to this. Charlie gets better as the series progresses, but Larry is often prone to being so deep in contemplation of either physics, math or philosophy that he forgets what's going on around him.
14th Mar '17 2:33:46 AM morenohijazo
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* Dr. [=McQuark=] in the ''TabletopGames/{{Champions}}'' supplement "The Blood and Dr. [=McQuark=]". As an example, he often asks where his glasses are and his employees tell him they're on his forehead.

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* Dr. [=McQuark=] in the ''TabletopGames/{{Champions}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' supplement "The Blood and Dr. [=McQuark=]". As an example, he often asks where his glasses are and his employees tell him they're on his forehead.
10th Feb '17 2:59:35 PM GothicProphet
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* Professor Branestawm from the children's books by Norman Hunter perfectly embodies this trope.

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* Professor Branestawm ''Literature/ProfessorBranestawm'' from the children's books by Norman Hunter perfectly embodies this trope.trope. In his very first appearance, it's mentioned that he fastens his coat with safety pins because the buttons have fallen off. He goes on to do things like send a sheet of blotting paper instead of a letter, and get caught in his own burglar trap because he forgot about it.
8th Feb '17 12:56:26 PM PMiller1
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This is a very old character type, referred to by this name since at least 1864.

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This is a very old character type, referred to by this name since at least 1864.
um... er... 1864? Yes 1864!
13th Dec '16 10:06:23 AM gb00393
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* Grand Maester Pycelle on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' invokes this trope in-universe to diminish himself as a threat.
10th Dec '16 4:45:54 PM MarcInGA
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* In "Pimpernel Smith" Professor Horatio Smith, despite bravely sneaking into Nazi Territory to save people seems to forget the simplest things. He doesn't want to travel to Berlin because it's so far away, despite being scheduled to go there the next day. His students had to put a note in his pocket to remind when the train leaves - which nearly causes him to get caught. While teaching a class in England he finds a knot tied in his cloak and says "This means something." (Crumpets for lunch)
6th Nov '16 1:20:09 PM nombretomado
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* Discussed in Lord Chesterfield's ''Literature/LettersToHisSon''. He wasn't too fond of this trope: "Sir IsaacNewton, Mr. Locke, and (it may be) five or six more, since the creation of the world, may have had a right to absence, from that intense thought which the things they were investigating required." (letter I)

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* Discussed in Lord Chesterfield's ''Literature/LettersToHisSon''. He wasn't too fond of this trope: "Sir IsaacNewton, UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton, Mr. Locke, and (it may be) five or six more, since the creation of the world, may have had a right to absence, from that intense thought which the things they were investigating required." (letter I)
29th Sep '16 3:06:31 AM Khathi
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* The mathematician Paul Erdős once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said, "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson." Though Erdős being famous for [[FunctionalAddict being jacked up on speed]] most of the time, it's only to be expected. The man once complained that while he's perfectly okay ''without'' meth, he [[ArticticStimulation cannot think about mathematics at all]] while sober.

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* The mathematician Paul Erdős once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said, "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson." Though Erdős being famous for [[FunctionalAddict being jacked up on speed]] most of the time, it's only to be expected. The man once complained that while he's perfectly okay ''without'' meth, he [[ArticticStimulation [[ArtisticStimulation cannot think about mathematics at all]] while sober.
29th Sep '16 3:06:10 AM Khathi
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* The mathematician Paul Erdos once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said, "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson."

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* The mathematician Paul Erdos Erdős once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said, "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson."" Though Erdős being famous for [[FunctionalAddict being jacked up on speed]] most of the time, it's only to be expected. The man once complained that while he's perfectly okay ''without'' meth, he [[ArticticStimulation cannot think about mathematics at all]] while sober.
4th Sep '16 9:43:21 PM NanoMoose
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* Ramon Ridley from ''WesternAnimation/{{Dogstar}}''. His mind so focused on higher matters, that he will teleport places without putting his trousers on.

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* Ramon Ridley from ''WesternAnimation/{{Dogstar}}''. His mind so focused on higher matters, matters that he will teleport places without putting his trousers on.



** Also subverted. Well-known is the idea that he often wore socks of a mismatched color. Less but still well-known is the idea that he always wore socks of matching thicknesses.

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** Also subverted. Well-known is the idea that he often wore socks of a mismatched color. Less but still well-known is the idea that he always wore socks of matching thicknesses.''thicknesses.''



** He once used a $1500 cheque as a bookmark and lost the book.

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** He once used a $1500 cheque as a bookmark and bookmark, then lost the book.



*** Another tale says that at least in one such case he simply ''[[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup lost]]'' [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup the notes with the proof]] on a subway train, and the "obvious" bit was actually invented by his student and coauthor Evgeny Lifshits to meet a publishing deadline.

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*** ** Another tale says that at least in one such case he simply ''[[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup lost]]'' [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup the notes with the proof]] on a subway train, and the "obvious" bit was actually invented by his student and coauthor co-author Evgeny Lifshits to meet a publishing deadline.



* A certain professor at the University of Oslo in the late 19th century was on his way downhill to the university. As it happened, he had to walk against the wind. The man had to tune his watch, and positioned himself with his back against the wind, and hence against the university. When he was finished tuning the watch, he happily continued his walk, ''away'' from the university.

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* A certain professor at the University of Oslo in the late 19th century was on his way downhill to the university. As it happened, he had to walk against the wind. The man had to tune set his watch, and positioned himself with his back against the wind, and hence against wind -- away from the university. When he was finished tuning setting the watch, he happily continued his walk, walk... ''away'' from the university.



* Russian composer/chemist Alexander Borodin, while in the army, went out one day to review his troops. Having [[PantsFree forgotten to put on his trousers]].

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* Russian composer/chemist Alexander Borodin, while in the army, went out one day to review his troops. Having troops [[PantsFree forgotten to without realising he hadn't yet put on his trousers]].



* Creator/StephenFry claims his physicist/inventor father was a bit like this. It ended up making the young Stephen somewhat resentful towards him as it meant his mother wasn’t often able to socialise or go on holiday, and basically had to run his life for him

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* Creator/StephenFry claims his physicist/inventor father was a bit like this. It ended up making the young Stephen somewhat resentful towards him as it meant his mother wasn’t wasn't often able to socialise or go on holiday, and basically had to run his life for him



** People whose IQ is in the top 2% have higher rates of ADHD.[[note]]People with ADHD have IQs on both sides of the average, but the people who are outliers on either side tend to have more neural abnormalities - it just comes with the territory.[[/note]] Some of them make it as professors.

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** People whose IQ is in the top 2% have higher rates of ADHD.[[note]]People with ADHD have IQs [=IQs=] on both sides of the average, but the people who are outliers on either side tend to have more neural abnormalities - it just comes with the territory.[[/note]] Some of them make it as professors.



* The Oxford don William Archibald Spooner was notorious for this, to the point that {{Spoonerism}} is named after him. He was a bit annoyed by that and claimed that [[BeamMeUpScotty only one of the "spoonerisms" attributed to him was genuine]]-- announcing the hymn "Conquering Kings" as "Kinkering Congs." But his other exploits, as recorded on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Archibald_Spooner the other wiki]], are just as hilarious:

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* The Oxford don William Archibald Spooner was notorious for this, to the point that {{Spoonerism}} is named after him. He was a bit annoyed by that and claimed that [[BeamMeUpScotty only one of the "spoonerisms" attributed to him was genuine]]-- genuine]] -- announcing the hymn "Conquering Kings" as "Kinkering Congs." But his other exploits, as recorded on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Archibald_Spooner the other wiki]], wiki,]] are just as hilarious:



* The mathematician Paul Erdos once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson."

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* The mathematician Paul Erdos once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said said, "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson."
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