Did you know that Jean-Paul Sartre was a Nobel Prize winner, and he refused it? And that the Swedish Academy said, essentially, “Well, you’re still a Nobel Prize winner, even if you don’t accept the award.” Fun times in 1964. (Today’s post courtesy of The Writer’s Almanac. You can read more about why Sartre refused the award here.)

[Whenever I think of Sartre, I always think of “The Jean Paul Sartre Cookbook,” a satire that someone posted in the early days of the internet and my friends and I found in high school. Oh, we thought that was the cleverest thing. Satire! Sartre! Beginning French class! Good times.]