Weird Immigration Stories September 23, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in physics life.
The customs agent stopped me dead in my tracks. He first asked, “Are you an American.” Obviously I answered “yes” straight-away. Then he asked, “OK, then, what is the square root of 98?”
I have nothing to match that. The best I’ve got is “How is that accelerator thingy going” in Chicago when I was returning from CERN once. And that was an immigration officer, not the customs agent. I mentioned this post to my wife and she reminded me of the time she visited the Perimeter Institute, a privately funding group studying string theory for a conference. Her immigration officer asked her, upon entry into the US, “So, what do you think about Chaos Theory?”