“For all those smarting from rejection: those in power today (&in a position to judge you) will not necessarily be proven right tomorrow. And their judgement of you might look downright silly….” tweeted Shashi Tharoor on June 11, referring to a letter of rejection from the University of Bern to scientist Albert Einstein for his unsuccessful doctoral application and ineligibility for the position of associate professor at the university.

Within a few minutes, Ajit Ranade, an economist pointed out that Snopes, a prominent fact-checking website based in the USA has already debunked this letter in an article published in May 2016.

After the image of the letter was called out fake by Ranade, Twitterati took potshots at Tharoor for tweeting a photoshopped image.

According to the article by Snopes, Einstein’s initial doctoral application, deemed insufficient, was indeed rejected along with a denial of the position of associate professor by the University of Bern in 1907. However, the letter is a modern fabrication and NOT the actual letter sent to Einstein.

After his faux pas was called out, Tharoor tweeted

In an age of information overload, it is often difficult to sift fiction from fact, but a simple Google search by Tharoor would have saved him the embarrassment of tweeting a forged letter.

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