After yesterday's surprising Nobel Prize announcement, the prizes were mired in further controversy when today's prize for physics was awarded for work in chemistry.
The prize was awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov for their work on graphene, a form of carbon that forms sheets. Graphene is incredibly strong and light, which makes it ideal material to make hammocks for cats. Despite the merit of this work, the award has been roundly criticised by the physics community.
"I'm outraged" said Prof. Jon Nibus of the Clapham Institute for Middle-Energy Physics. "This is a physics prize - we shouldn't be giving it to a bloody chemist. They'll only get it wet".
This view was backed up by Prof. Brian Ilge of the Institute of Theoretical Cosmology of Hertfordshire. "Look, I know they don't have their own prize, but why should they nick ours?" If they really want a Nobel prize, they should start their own prize dedicated to Alfred Nobel, just like those bloody bankers did."
The Nobel Institute defended its actions by pointing out that Prof. Giem, in particular, had made several major advances in physics, such as his work on detecting the earth's rotation. Unofficial sources admit that they would have cited his work on levitating frogs, but they "didn't want to admit to reading the IgNobel prizes every year".
Attention now shifts to the prizes remaining to be announced. Rumours are already swirling around tomorrow's prize for Biochemistry, suggesting it may be awarded in a field as diverse as botany or solid state physics. Looking further, sources with SAS have confirmed that Stephen Hawking has booked flights to Scandinavia, but were unable to say if it was to Stockholm or Oslo. This has lead to increased speculation that he might win the award either for his work in literature, or in Peace through his promotion of the arts.
The odds on President George W. Bush winning the Peace Prize have still not changed.