Sheldon and Leonard are having a not-so-important, yet funny, conversation about the height of stairs.

(Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot)



Sheldon: Are you still mad about the sperm bank?

Leonard: No.

Sheldon: You want to hear an interesting thing about stairs?

Leonard: Not really.

Sheldon: If the height of a single step is off by as little as two millimeters, most people will trip.

Leonard: I don’t care. Two millimeters? That doesn’t seem right.

Sheldon: No, it’s true, I did a series of experiments when I was twelve. My father broke his clavicle.

Leonard: Is that why they sent you to boarding school?

Sheldon: No, that was the result of my work with lasers.



sperm bank = a place in which human sperm is stored in order to be used by doctors to try to help women become pregnant

to trip = to lose your balance after knocking your foot against something when you are walking or running

clavicle = the technical word for the collarbone (= the bone between the shoulder and neck)

boarding school = a school where students live and study

(definitions taken from the Cambridge Dictionary)


Other funny scenes from Big Bang Theory:

The group is arguing over trivia

Sheldon is using a driving simulator




Big Bang Theory: Conversation in the stairway

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