Oslo, October 12 — Earlier today, the Stortinget in Norway announced this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In a surprising move, they decided to award the prize to its long-dead founder, Alfred Nobel.
In recent decades, several of of the Peace Prize winners have been controversial, including Barack Obama, who received the prize two weeks into his presidency, and Mikhail Gorbatjov, who lead the Soviet Union through the end of its Communist era.
“It was really hard picking the prize this year”, the chairman of the committe, Olaf Ruskebus, says. “We already gave the prize to all the democracy champions of the world, and giving the prize to a world leader backfired twice. Finally, someone had a brilliant insight: If the Peace Prize is so important, surely the one most deserving of it, is the man who created it!”
When asked if he thinks this year’s prize will be controversial, he responds, “It’s always been controversial when a new breed of laureate is announced. Gandhi was controversial. And now is the first time we give the Prize to a dead person. Who knows who’ll get it next year?”
When asked about next year’s prize, Ruskebus says, “We have some very interesting candidates! We’ve received nominations both for The People of Earth, and for Peace Itself!”