I have to think that at least some of my correspondents didn't listen to the "Wait, Wait..." piece.
I heard it on the original airdate and didn't see anything wrong with Professor K's Nobel comment and in fact thought he was cordial, almost affable.
Where I erred was in not taking five seconds to type the above sentence.
To rectify my omission and prove that a) Herr Professor Doktor Doktor (yes he's a double doc) has a sense of humor, b) that I'm aware of it and c) he can play well with others (Nobelists that is) I'll repost a picture we first ran in 2010's "Largest Group Of Nobel Laureates To Remove A Sword From Someone's Throat":
On October 1, 2009, during the 19th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, eight Nobel Prize Laureates removed a 22-inch solid steel sword from Ig Nobel Prize Laureate sword swallower Dan Meyer's throat.Click the pics to see the action.
The Nobel Laureates involved:
Rich Roberts - Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, 1993
Wolfgang Ketterle - Nobel Prize in Physics, 2001
Dudley Herschbach - Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1986
Paul Krugman - Nobel Prize in Economics, 2008
Roy Glauber - Nobel Prize in Physics, 2005
Frank Wilczek - Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004
Martin Chalfie - Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2008
William Lipscomb - Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1976
CRITERIA TO BEAT RECORD:
- sword swallower must be a legitimate sword swallower officially verified and recognized by the Sword Swallowers Association International
- sword must be a solid steel non-retractable sword with a blade at least 15 inches in length
- Nobel Laureates must be recognized bonafide Nobel Laureates who have actually been awarded an official Nobel Prize