Nobel Prize(s) in Online Commentary Awarded

Like all shamefully blissfully uninformed citizens of the world, I became aware that the 2010 Nobel Prize laureates were just announced because it was under the “In the news” header on Wikipedia. Bumming around the Nobel Prize site for a minute, I was saddened to find a lack of facebook Connect “Like” buttons anywhere on the main page. How else could I let my friends know how good of a world citizen I am?!

But if you scroll down and click through the category blurbs, you’ll find there are pages for each of the 2010 winners. At first, I was disappointed that each laureate pretty much only had a sentence. But further investigation revealed an area where users could leave their well-wishes for the laureates. I wasn’t able to find where to submit one of my own, but reading through them provides content significantly less malicious, but surprisingly almost as entertaining as YouTube comments. Read on for some samples…

(Before you ask: no Wes alums won a Nobel Prize this year. Glad we’re managing to keep out of the mainstream!)

Here are a few highlights for those not yet drawn to investigate personally. My best guess is that at least two heaping plates of Google Translator aided in the posting of these comments.

Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo:

  • “congraduations to liuxiaobo”
  • “Good Job to Mr.Liu…That’s was Awesome…PEACE…”
  • “????????????????????????nobel??????????????????????????”
  • “Hao a, I like you Liu Xiaobo, i am a small ethnic, need more Peace”
  • “It is a great news.”

Chemistry Prize winners Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki:

  • “These guys deserve the Nobel prize because there are really synthetic organic chemists”
  • “It’s a very great work done by you the Three.”
  • “Congratz”

If you want more cheap laughs at people born in a different country than your own, just head over to the Nobel Prize website (link at the top of this post) and click any of the first five links in the left-hand column.

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