The Nobel Peace Prize has always been a joke - albeit a grim one. Alfred Bernhard Nobel famously invented dynamite and felt sorry about it.
--P. J. O'Rourke
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014
was won by Kailash Satyarthi and
by 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai
There was a record number of 278 nominees for the prize this year, including Pope Francis and Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege.
According to the BBC, this is not the first prize to be awarded to 17-year-old Malala. She won the EU's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize in 2013. She was also named one of Time magazine's most influential people in 2013.
The New Humanist has an interesting article:
Ten cosmic myths
After reading the piece, you will believe that you know a lot more science than you did before you read it... but you probably won't. You'll just think you do. And you know what they say about perception being reality.
Did You Know . . .?
An elephant's trunk is actually a long nose used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and also for grabbing things -- like a potential meal. The trunk alone contains about 100,000 different muscles.
Also -- On this day in 2002, former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."
WORD FOR TODAY
accretion [uh-KREE-shuh n]
1. an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition; growth in size or extent.
2. the result of this process.
3. an added part; addition: The last part of the legend is a later accretion.
4. the growing together of separate parts into a single whole.
5. Law. increase of property by gradual natural additions.
(born October 11, 1966)
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(Oct 11, 1925 - Aug 20, 2013)
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(born 11 October 1976)
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The Nobel Peace Prize has become hopelessly politicized. I think it cheapens the prize itself.