einstein.jpgEvery so often, news will pop up about various geniuses being autistic, based on books and essays about their behavior. Cambridge professor Simon Baron Cohenbelieve that Albert Einstein and Sir Issac Newton had Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, which seems to explain their eccentricities and problems with socializing. There have been thoughts that Bill Gates is autistic, inspired by his rocking in chairs, his odd tics.

"People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence and lead highly productive lives. However, many sufferers find social situations confusing.

They can be good at picking up details and facts, and may be obsessive about deeply-held interests, but find it hard to work out what others are thinking and feeling. Often they do things in inflexible and repetitive ways and have problems making friends."

Where does Gothamist rate on the Asperger scale? Well, we are good at picking up details and facts, and are definitely obsessive about deeply-held interests. Ali GWe find it hard to work out what others are thinking and feeling, mainly because we're self-involved. We do things in inflexible and repeptive ways, and have problem making friends... hmm, Asperger's sound like shorthand for being young New Yorkers.

Fun fact: Professor Baron-Cohen is related to Ali G, aka Sacha Baron-Cohen!