TBT! Other Stuff There Should Be Nobel Prizes For

(10/11/14) They’ve been handing out Nobel Prizes all week long, announcing two or three every day. This may come as a surprise to you, but I didn’t get one. It sure as hell came as a surprise to me. There’s even one for Literature! Is The Phil Factor not Literature?



All my life there’s been awesome participation trophies and ribbons that have given me the belief that I deserve an award for everything I do. Adulthood has been kind of a let-down in that regard. You probably have some Nobel Prize-worthy attributes that deserve recognition as well. The fact that you read my blog is evidence of your good taste and wisdom. When I’m elected President, or Sexiest Man Alive, whichever comes first, I will use my executive powers to create several other Nobel Prizes.

The Nobel Prize for Growing Up: When I see celebrities and professional athletes who have fame, fortune and teams of people managing their “brand” and they still screw up and do stupid things that get them arrested, it drives me crazy. I believe there should be a Nobel Prize for growing up successfully when you don’t have all the advantages in the world. You know who has already earned a lifetime ban from this award? Justin Bieber.

The Nobel Prize for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: Ok, admittedly I’m only including this so I get a Nobel Prize. I think it is a vastly under-appreciated skill to grill it just right so the bread isn’t burned or under-done and soggy and has the perfect crispness. That is my gift. You know who has already earned a lifetime ban from this award? Justin Bieber

The Nobel Prize for Social Media: I am terrible at Facebook and Twitter.  I don’t know what to say. Every time I go to write a status or tweet I think to myself, “Why would anyone care if I said this?” Even I am bored with my own Facebook. Yet there are people who effortlessly post on and off all day without giving it a thought and are usually charming and funny. Guess who’s not eligible for this award? Yeah, him and Amanda Bynes.

The Nobel Prize for Best Co-Worker: There are probably millions of people that deserve this award. Everywhere you work there’s always that person who spontaneously brings in coffee and donuts every Monday. They always remember birthdays and circulate a card. If someone has a death in their family this co-worker has already sent flowers and included a card with everyones name, and later will say, “Oh, don’t worry about it. Just give me a couple bucks whenever.” They are the social glue of the office. Without them the office milieu wouldn’t be as tolerable every day.

The Nobel Prize for Doing a Job Nobody Else Wants: Whether it be working at a fast food restaurant, a teacher of middle school kids, or cleaning out septic tanks, there are millions of people doing jobs you couldn’t pay most of us enough to do. Yet people are doing them cheerfully without getting paid nearly what they should be.

The Do-It-Yourself Nobel Prize: Like I said, we all have unique, special things that we do every day that are under-appreciated. What should your Nobel Prize be for? Put your answer in the comments.

So what would you like to see Nobel Prizes for? As always, if you enjoy #ThePhilFactor feel free to share by Facebook, Twitter or re-blogging! ~Phil

10 responses to “TBT! Other Stuff There Should Be Nobel Prizes For

  1. At work, just yesterday, they had donations to juvenile diabetes (JDRF) and made heavenly combo of grilled cheese and tomato soup. Definitely award winning, Phil. 🙂

  2. I made two different pots of soup yesterday – thereby catering to different taste preferences. (admittedly, I did want to use up a pile of veg) I think I should get two. One for being accommodating and one for not wasting anything. Oh, and another, for sneakily ensuring my crew get their five a day. But I’ll accept just one to accommodate all the other deserving candidates. 🙂

  3. I can’t believe they passed you over! No accounting for the taste of some!

  4. I think I should get a prize
    For eating a thousand chocolate pies
    Without even getting sick
    Guess I should get on that quick!

  5. I have one finger nail (left little finger) that is just perfect. There’s my

    I have one fingernail (left little finger) that is just perfect. I think it and I deserve a Nobel for that.

  6. “Why would anyone care if I said this?”

    I think I’ve found the reason you’re having difficulties with social media. One does not ask oneself if anyone else cares, one tells oneself that everyone else does care– then tweets and posts ad naseum. It’s a small shift in perspective, but with effort I’m sure you can do it! 😉

  7. I think I should get the Nobel Prize for Seriously Trying to Be Happy with What I Have. I really do try hard not to complain, and not to sit and wish for more.
    And yeah, I think this blog should be considered literature, and you should have received something from them.

    Peace & Love

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