I love the way this unfolds:
Someone did a study — I have no idea if its serious or not — that suggested eating more chocolate improves a nation’s chances of producing Nobel Prize winners.
One of the Nobel prize winners responded with the appropriate amount of snark:
“Eric Cornell, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001, told Reuters: “I attribute essentially all my success to the very large amount of chocolate that I consume. Personally I feel that milk chocolate makes you stupid… dark chocolate is the way to go. It’s one thing if you want a medicine or chemistry Nobel Prize but if you want a physics Nobel Prize it pretty much has got to be dark chocolate.”
But when [we] contacted him to elaborate on this comment, he changed his tune.
“I deeply regret the rash remarks I made to the media. We scientists should strive to maintain objective neutrality and refrain from declaring our affiliation either with milk chocolate or with dark chocolate,” he said.
“Now I ask that the media kindly respect my family’s privacy in this difficult time.”
That is hilarious!
The only trouble with sarcasm is how many people seem to miss it . . .
Does chocolate make you clever?
Charlotte Pritchard BBC News
BBC, 19 November 2012