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Stolen Physics Nobel Prize sheesh

  1. Apr 16, 2010 #1

    rhody

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    http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2010/04/16/harvard_professors_nobel_prize_stolen/" [Broken]
    The thief sounds like a "real genius" too, hope Dr Gluber gets his Nobel back soon, has this ever happened before ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_J._Glauber" [Broken]
    Rhody... :mad:
     
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  3. Apr 16, 2010 #2
    Just what does a Nobel Prize look like? A gilded stick of dynamite?
     
  4. Apr 16, 2010 #3

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    Like http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/medal.html" [Broken], quite impressive, it is a medal.

    Rhody... :approve:
     
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  5. Apr 16, 2010 #4

    turbo

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    I'm glad I don't live in Skowhegan anymore. I'd be ashamed to admit it after that moron's actions.
     
  6. Apr 16, 2010 #5

    cronxeh

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    Eyes.. can not unsee what they have seen. That made my day right there.
     
  7. Apr 16, 2010 #6
    I think that the person may not have known what exactly it was they were taking. From the looks of things they were scraping by in life... of course a freaking huge shiny medal with latin inscriptions is going to be attractive since it would most likely sell for a lot of money.
     
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  8. Apr 16, 2010 #7

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    It would only be good for scrap-gold price since it would be instantly identifiable. If he hocked it at a pawn shop, the owner had better take cover because the thief will likely crack really quick if the DA offerers him a plea-bargain in return for helping recover the loot.
     
  9. Apr 16, 2010 #8
    I don't think you understood my post.
     
  10. Apr 16, 2010 #9

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    You mean that you think the thief is so ignorant that he wouldn't recognize "Nobel" on the medal and figure it out? He'd have to be way out-of-touch. Of course, if he was stupid enough to to buy food with his food-assistance card and leave the receipt in the house he burglarized, he might actually BE that ignorant.
     
  11. Apr 16, 2010 #10
    As far as I know it looks like a 'regular' minted coin. One side has Alfred Nobels face with I think a date inscription in Roman numerals and on the other side is what rhody posted with a latin inscription. This is assuming this person even checked OUT the medal in the first place. If I were that desperate and I saw a huge shiny gold medal I'd take it, why bother reading that?

    Also you seem to be under the assumption that everyone knows who Alfred Nobel is and what a Nobel prize medal is etc. Some people don't even KNOW about the existence of Nobel prizes, rofl.

    I think it's entirely plausible that this person just took the medal probably to attempt to sell it.
     
  12. Apr 16, 2010 #11
    The Nobel prize isn't so well known. And it has became a joke, so no one really reports it.

    Hell I thought it looked like a grammy award, not like some Chinese coin.
     
  13. Apr 16, 2010 #12
    I've met people who don't know what a periodic table is, so it doesn't surprise me that someone wouldn't know what a Nobel Prize is. I've even had a guy ask me if I believe in robots.
    Never underestimate how ignorant people can be. There's lots of adults who can't even read.
     
  14. Apr 16, 2010 #13

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    The Nobel prize in physics is the highest award in the field, so it's hardly a joke. And the medallion that accompanies the prize looks like a very heavy minted coin with Nobel's face in profile, and his name in relief under his chin. It is 100% for certain that any pawn-shop operator would know exactly what he was holding. Those guys don't stay in business by being ignorant.
     
  15. Apr 16, 2010 #14
    Who cares what the pawn shop people think? I haven't read anyone even talk about pawn shops let alone the competence of the shop owners aside from you...
     
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