absent-minded professor


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absent-minded professor

personification of one too contemplative to execute practical tasks. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]
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And so I was relieved because I could read again, and return to my old life as an absent-minded professor. I began my post-election life by reading Jennings's book, which Douglas Dunn, writing for the Glasgow Herald, called 'poems outstanding .
Ben's kids love old Disney movies like The Absent-Minded Professor, so he'd love to do a remake of one of those," said a source.
But how could you forget a lifetime supply of Smartie sweets, a winning Pound 100 lottery ticket, eight suitcases full of designer clothes and shoes and an urn containing the ashes of a pet?An absent-minded professor got onto a bus but found no vacant seats.
Good on Paper, by Rachel Cantor, is an absent-minded professor of a novel: It has one foot in the real worldas real as it gets on the bourgeois-academic Upper West Sideand one in the clouds.
More abstractly, the image of the absent-minded professor who is interested only his field reduces one's entire identity to that of a researcher without a personality.
HARRY HILL IN PROFESSOR BRANESTAWM RETURNS BBC1, 5.20pm Harry Hill is back as the absent-minded professor with the multiple spectacles, who believes his money troubles are over when Lady Pagwell dies, leaving a substantial sum to fund local inventing.
Which children's author created the absent-minded Professor Branestawm and his friend Colonel Dedshott of the Catapult Cavaliers?
Looking like an absent-minded professor, he carried two long, skinny aluminum poles and appeared to be searching for something.
I am a bit of an absent-minded professor. My background is as a lab rat.
When George's explorer parents are snowed in at the North Pole he has to spend his holidays with his uncle, Professor Widget, who is the epitome of the absent-minded professor. Uncle Widget has made a companion robot for George and they find themselves in the middle of an adventure when trying to watch a favourite TV show (after bedtime).
There's no ego, no buffoonery like you'd get with an absent-minded professor.