“Oh, you gonna love this, boy. Tyrone calls you up, you know — in the game — and he says ‘I can dig more clams than you, stupid!’ And you gotta say ‘Nuh-uh, boy!’ And y’all gotta race down to the beach with your buckets and your shovels, and the object of the game…is to find parking.” –Meatwad
This year, I was ecstatic to report that the Nobel Prize in Physics went to three cosmologists, for their discovery — through observations of distant supernovae — that the expansion of the Universe was not only not slowing down, as expected, but was actually accelerating!
Sure, Adam Riess, Saul Perlmutter, and Brian Schmidt (above, from L to R) will no doubt enjoy the glory of winning the prize, as well as the cash, the medal, and the diploma that comes with the award.
But for Perlmutter, of UC Berkeley, there’s something even more important that comes with the award.
From the UC Berkeley News Center (bold emphasis mine):
Inevitably, a reporter wondered when Perlmutter would get his Nobelist’s parking permit, one of the international prize’s notable campus perks. “I was assuming today,” Perlmutter replied, adding that “the only reason to win a Nobel Prize is so that you can park on campus.”
In answer to the reporter’s question, the Chancellor leaped up and presented Perlmutter with an NL (Nobel Laureate) parking permit.
Congratulations to all the members of the Supernova Cosmology Project and the High-Z Supernova Search Team, past and present, but a special congratulations to Saul Perlmutter on his greatest achievement.
May we all find this level of happiness!