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  1. Norman Borlaug saved more than a billion lives with a "miracle wheat" that averted mass starvation, becoming 1 of only 5 people to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Congressional Gold Medal. He said, "Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world."

  2. In the past 42 years over 51 million trees have been planted in Kenya by the Green Belt Movement founded by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai.

  3. Tom Lehrer, a musician known for biting satire stopped performing because "Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize."

  4. Due to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination in 1948, the Nobel Committee refused to give the Nobel Peace Prize that year because there was “no suitable living candidate.” The Prize cannot be given to deceased candidates. That way Gandhi's place on the list was silently but respectfully left open.

  5. The Nobel Committee declined to award the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948 because "there was no suitable living candidate." This was meant as tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated earlier that year without receiving the Prize.

  6. Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin were all nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

  7. Retta, Parks and Rec's Donna Meagle, is the niece of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia's first female President and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  8. President Ulysses S. Grant gave a homeless loiterer a free ride to the US Naval Academy. This man was Albert Michelson, who then went on to discover the speed of light and win a Nobel Peace Prize.

  9. The Nobel Peace Prize can not be awarded to a dead person. The prize was not awarded in 1948 because there was "no suitable living candidate" as Gandhi was recently assassinated.

  10. The chemist whose research department invented the gas used to kill jews in concentration camps was not only a jew but also won the nobel peace prize for his prior work of extracting nitrogen from air, allowing us to feed billions.

What are some fun facts about nobel peace?

Joseph Stalin, a man who personally signed the death warrants of 40,000 people, was nominated twice for the Nobel peace prize

Comedian Tom Lehrer once stated: "Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize"

A Russian company won the Ig Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 for developing a method to turn military explosives into nanodiamonds. These nanodiamonds can be used as light beacons for cancer treatment.

Among the 561 Nobel prize awarded between 1901 and 2013, 2 have been declined. Jean Paul Sartre (litterature) because he would refuse any kind of official honors, and Le Duc Tho (peace) because he thought peace wasn't yet achieved in his country.

In 1948 the Nobel Peace prize was awarded to no one as "there was no suitable living candidate". They did this in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi after he had been nominated that year but died before anyone was chosen.

Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the Holocaust memoir "Night", started the Elie Wiesel Foundation For Humanity. The charity lost nearly $16 million in the Madoff Ponzi Scheme. Wiesel and his wife also lost their entire personal life savings.

Nikola Tesla created the first logic gate in 1898 when he created the first remote controlled vehicle, over 50 years before Walther Bothe won the Nobel Peace Prize for it. He reportedly told onlookers multiple times it was simple science beforehand so that they would not think it witchcraft.

Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a letter asking MLK for his support to end the Vietnam War. In the letter, Thich described why monks would self-immolate as an act of protest. MLK nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in January 1967. Unfortunately, that year no Peace Prize was awarded.

A biologist named Norman Borlaug developed a new disease-resistant strain of wheat modified to triple its yield. He is credited with saving 1 billion lives in India and won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize.

Norman Borlaug, a late professor at Texas A&M, used his knowledge of soil science to help solve food shortage problems in various regions of the world. He won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work, which has helped save one billion people from starving.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the final Leader of the Soviet Union, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for "his leading role in the peace process" - fact check

A man named Norman Borlaug was given the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, despite only being a biologist. He started developing new types of crops back in the 1940s, and ended up saving nearly a billion lives from starvation after nearly doubling wheat production in just India and Pakistan alone.

Stanley Williams, co-founder and leader of the Crips, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, after writing several children's books urging kids 'not to make the same mistakes he did'. He was executed in 2005 on charges of quadruple homicide.

Anwar Sadat made Egypt the first Arab nation to achieve peace with Israel in 1979. As a result, Sadat won the Nobel Peace prize, Egypt was suspended from the Arab League and Sadat was assassinated.

The Mosquito Alarm, an electronic "teenager repellent" device used to deter loitering by emitting sound at high frequency, that can only be heard by younger people. The invention won the Ig Nobel Prize for Peace in 2006.

A paper titled "On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit" won an IG nobel peace prize in 2016. Deepak Chopras twitter feed is included in the references, and supplementary tables include a bullshit ranking of some of his tweets.

Stalin, known for killing 20 million people in his reign, was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize not only once, but twice in 1945 and 1948.

Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin were all nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, with Hitler being nominated in 1939, Mussolini in 1935 and Stalin in both 1945 & 1948.

The Pepsi-Cola company of the Philippines won an Ig Nobel Peace Prize "for sponsoring a contest to create a millionaire and then announcing the wrong winning number, which incited and united 800,000 expectant winners, bringing many warring factions together for the first time".

Adolf Hitler and Gandhi were both nominated the same year for the Nobel Peace Prize

Teddy Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906, making him the first American to receive the honor. He was given the honor for his roles in the negotiations of the Russo-Japanese War.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie, together with their offspring and their spouses, received 6 Nobel prizes between them. 3 in Chemistry, 2 in Physics and 1 Nobel peace prize.

Jane Addams serves at the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom from 1919 to 1929, which helped to earn her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

In 2002 Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Adolf Hitler was nominated Nobel Peace Prize in 1939 - fact check