Which political theorist and economist was famously absent-minded, so much so that he was the subject of caricatures and was once described as “the most Absent Man that ever was”?

Answer: Adam Smith (1723-1790). Smith was once so distracted during breakfast that he took a piece of bread and butter, put it into a teapot and poured water over it. He later tasted the “tea” and remarked to those present it was the worst he had ever drank.

Source: Adam Smith – An Enlightened Life by Nicolas Phillipson

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