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Nobel Prizes 2009

Joe Harry
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And here they are lined up...

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Jesper de Jong
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I think the Ig Nobel Prizes fit better in this forum...
VETERINARY MEDICINE PRIZE: Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson of Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK, for showing that cows who have names give more milk than cows that are nameless.

PEACE PRIZE: Stephan Bolliger, Steffen Ross, Lars Oesterhelweg, Michael Thali and Beat Kneubuehl of the University of Bern, Switzerland, for determining — by experiment — whether it is better to be smashed over the head with a full bottle of beer or with an empty bottle.

ECONOMICS PRIZE: The directors, executives, and auditors of four Icelandic banks — Kaupthing Bank, Landsbanki, Glitnir Bank, and Central Bank of Iceland — for demonstrating that tiny banks can be rapidly transformed into huge banks, and vice versa — and for demonstrating that similar things can be done to an entire national economy.

CHEMISTRY PRIZE: Javier Morales, Miguel Apátiga, and Victor M. Castaño of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, for creating diamonds from liquid — specifically from tequila.

MEDICINE PRIZE: Donald L. Unger, of Thousand Oaks, California, USA, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand — but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand — every day for more than sixty (60) years.

PHYSICS PRIZE: Katherine K. Whitcome of the University of Cincinnati, USA, Daniel E. Lieberman of Harvard University, USA, and Liza J. Shapiro of the University of Texas, USA, for analytically determining why pregnant women don't tip over.

LITERATURE PRIZE: Ireland's police service (An Garda Siochana), for writing and presenting more than fifty traffic tickets to the most frequent driving offender in the country — Prawo Jazdy — whose name in Polish means "Driving License".

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE: Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, Illinois, USA, for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander.

MATHEMATICS PRIZE: Gideon Gono, governor of Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank, for giving people a simple, everyday way to cope with a wide range of numbers — from very small to very big — by having his bank print bank notes with denominations ranging from one cent ($.01) to one hundred trillion dollars ($100,000,000,000,000).

BIOLOGY PRIZE: Fumiaki Taguchi, Song Guofu, and Zhang Guanglei of Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Sagamihara, Japan, for demonstrating that kitchen refuse can be reduced more than 90% in mass by using bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas.

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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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I'm liking my chances this year!

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Ankit Garg

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They told me that they'll give me the nobel prize, but I decided that I won't accept it. I'll recommend your name to them Ernest (I'm so noble )...

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Paul Clapham

Joined: Oct 14, 2005
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Someone left a message in Swedish on my answering machine at 3 a.m. the other morning. I wondered what that was all about. So I guess they must have gone with their second choice because I didn't get back to them soon enough.
marc weber

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Amid the predictable chorus of my less-than contemporaries droning about what an honor it is "just to be nominated," I plan to formally announce that I'm more than a little pissed about my being overlooked again this year, and outline (in appropriately vague terms) my multi-pronged response to said slighting and the disturbing pattern thereof. Details of my press conference will be released later this afternoon; but basically, I will be making a brief (3.5 hour) statement tomorrow morning, followed by a 5-hour question period. Chips and salsa will be served during the statement portion of the conference, followed by orange Hostess Snoballs during the question period. Thank you.

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Tanmoy Dhara
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There are 2 types of people who want Nobel prize - the young(early teenager wanna be geeks) and the old
and there is only one type of people who makes joke about Nobel - only the old people

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Monu Tripathi

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I am trying to work on something that will be very generic but difficult to understand. And hope that with time it becomes more intuitive. Chances are I might get nominated for one such discovery sometime in future.

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