Nobel Pursuits

David K. Israel

Recently, there's been an awful lot of stories online about this years Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Including one site that actually posts odds and lets you place bets. Though the real list of nominees will remain secret until October, all the media leaks confirm that Bono will be nominated again, this year going up against the sitar player Ravi Shankar, who, besides helping victims of the tsunami disaster, is also Norah Jones' father (serious props).
Poking around the official Nobel Peace Prize website, I noted the following interesting factoids:

1. Information about who has been nominated is kept secret for fifty years. (Unless leaked, of course.)

2. Despite 12 nominations between 1937 and 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was never awarded the Nobel Prize.

3. The backside of the actual medal depicts three naked men embracing with private parts exposed.

Hmmm, I suppose if George Bush, Kim Jong-Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took off all their clothes and gave each other a big group hug, the world would be a more peaceful place.