Call of a lifetime: 'Congrats! You get a Nobel!'

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Posted: Oct 01, 2011 5:40 AM
Call of a lifetime: 'Congrats! You get a Nobel!'

Scientists, writers and peace brokers around the world will be holding their breaths for a potentially life-altering, $1.5 million phone call from Scandinavia next week.

It's Nobel Prize season.

Medicine prize secretary Goran Hansson, who will dial the first one on Monday, says, "Sometimes, they think that I'm joking."

The Nobels have been given out annually since 1901 and reward achievements in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace. The economics prize was created in 1968 by Sweden's central bank.

Speculation surrounding this year's peace prize revolves around the revolutions sweeping the Arab world.

Favorites for literature could include Syrian poet Adonis, Canadian Alice Munroe, South Korea's Ko Un and American Philip Roth.