Mary Coughlan, Einstein and Vegetables

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Mary Coughlan, Einstein and Vegetables

Post by FXR » Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:29 am

http://www.independent.ie/national-news ... 90227.html
Coughlan's no Einstein after gaffe at 'smart economy' launch

THE TANAISTE lived up to her 'Calamity Coughlan' nickname yesterday.

The gaffe-prone minister was left red-faced after she erroneously referred to the theory of evolution as having been formulated by Einstein.

To make matters worse, the Enterprise, Trade and Employment Minister had just mentioned the Government's strategy of Building Ireland's Smart Economy.

Speaking without notes to an invited audience of entrepreneurs to promote IDA Ireland's "aggressive" new campaign to market Ireland aboard, Ms Coughlan touched on the idea of the survival of the fittest.

She said the IDA would be marketing Ireland as the innovation island -- "like Einstein explaining his theory of evolution".

Theory

The scientific basis for evolution, which has moved from theory to accepted truth, was first promulgated by Charles Darwin in his 1859 book 'On the Origin of Species'.

Ironically, Darwin's profile has never been higher, with many commemorative events this year to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th anniversary of his landmark work.

Einstein, born 70 years after Darwin, formulated the theory of relativity in the last century to explain concepts of how time and space blur the laws of physics. It has nothing to do with survival of the fittest.

It was Ms Coughlan's second gaffe in a week -- after she referred to the Green Party in a radio interview in Irish as "na Glasrai", instead of "An Comhaontas Glas". The phrase "na glasrai" means "the vegetables".

A spokesman for the Tanaiste said last night: "Yes, it was said. Darwin was evolution and Einstein was relativity -- we all read our science books in school."

- SENAN MOLONY
This might not be her personal fault but rather an indication of the state of our politicial and education systems.
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Re: Mary Coughlan, Einstein and Vegetables

Post by anadub25 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:01 am

:lol: oh dear! The Vegetables ha!
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Re: Mary Coughlan, Einstein and Vegetables

Post by lostexpectation » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:10 pm

Mary Coughlan's Darwinian theory of Relativity, if your uncle and father die suddenly you succeed.
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Re: Mary Coughlan, Einstein and Vegetables

Post by FXR » Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:13 am

The Coughlan Science School.
Einsteins theory of Evolution: The distance to the stars is measured in terms of Gazelle years!
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Re: Mary Coughlan, Einstein and Vegetables

Post by Bik » Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:50 pm

Na glasraí - it's funny cos it's true! :D
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Re: Mary Coughlan, Einstein and Vegetables

Post by bipedalhumanoid » Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:05 pm

"The fact of your own existence is the most astonishing fact you will ever have to face. Don’t you ever get used to it." - Richard Dawkins... being shrill and offensive again I suppose.
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