Carrying a Nobel Prize Through Airport Security in Fargo

Nobel Prizes are made of gold, and gold absorbs all X-rays.  Thus the image on the X-ray machine is completely black.  That’s unusual, and TSA agents don’t like unusual things.  Astrophysicist Brian Schmidt had this experience:

“Sir, there’s something in your bag.’

I said, ‘Yes, I think it’s this box.’

They said, ‘What’s in the box?’

I said, ‘a large gold medal,’ as one does.

So they opened it up and they said, ‘What’s it made out of?’

I said, ‘gold.’

And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’

‘The King of Sweden.’

‘Why did he give this to you?’

‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’

At which point, they were beginning to lose their sense of humor.

I explained to them it was a Nobel Prize, and their main question was, ‘Why were you in Fargo?’”

 

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