The physicist ended each workweek with a trip to the corner coffee shop. He always purchased a large coffee and carried it to the next to the last table at the back of the shop. Once seated he would turn around to the empty table at the back of the shop and offer to buy one for a girl who was not there.
The people behind the counter watched this scenario as it repeated itself each week but said nothing.
Then Valentine’s Day came. The physicist made such a tear-jerking plea to the absent girl that one of the guys behind the counter approached him. “It’s really none of my business but we have noticed you follow this ritual each week. Certainly you know no one is sitting at that table.”
“Quantum physics proves empty space is never truly empty,” the intellectual scientist said. “Virtual particles come into existence and vanish all the time. You never know when the proper wave function will collapse and a girl might suddenly appear there."
The clerk was amazed at the logic. “Dude, that’s interesting but would not it be better to just ask one of the girls at one of the other tables if you could buy her a coffee? For all you know she might say, ‘yes’.”
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