A sign erected at UC Berkeley shortly after Saul Perlmutter won Nobel Prize

Berkeleyside reader Sandy Hamburg was walking through UC Berkeley shortly after it was announced in October that Professor Saul Perlmutter had been awarded a Nobel Prize for physics. As Prof. Perlmutter himself put it, one of the best perks of the prize is a permanent parking space at the car-challenged university. Hamburg laughed when she saw this sign, as it spelled Nobel incorrectly, transposing the e and the l.

The second iteration of a sign that reserves a parking space for Nobel laureates.

Then a few weeks later Hamburg returned to the campus, and saw that someone had discovered the misspelling. The sign had been changed.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...