When a gaggle of revelling friends were celebrating a bachelor party last weekend in Cambridge, England, they had no idea they would happen upon preeminent physicist Stephen Hawking. But yes, it happened. And they did what most of us would -- stopped to offer salutations.
Never mind that the nine partiers were clad in Bananaman costumes and -- we assume -- were less than sober. Hawking humored the group and stopped for a picture, undoubtedly exchanging notes with them on the finer points of string theory...
"We only came across Professor Hawking because we were lost," Chris Hallum, the 29-year-old groom-to-be, told The Independent. "We were just looking for a bar and spotted him getting out of his car."
Hallum added that the group invited Hawking and his son to ditch their own engagements and hit the town with them instead. While the offer elicited a "big grin" from Hawking, he ultimately declined.
Kizzy Davis, Hallum's bride-to-be, told Norfolk's Eastern Daily Press that the encounter was "surreal," adding that for her bachelorette party she's now "feeling the pressure to go one better.”
Good luck, Davis. Just remember -- it's all relative.