On one episode of “Price Is Right,” an elephant was offered as a “bonus prize.” The contestant won, insisted on the prize, and a live elephant from Kenya had to be delivered to him.

J.J. Thomson won the Nobel Prize in Physics (1906) for showing that the electron is a particle. His son, George Paget Thomson, won the Nobel Prize in Physics (1937) for showing that the electron is a wave.

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

A software company buried a US$1,000 prize deep in its License Agreement to see if anyone actually read them. It took 5 months and 3,000 sales for someone to ask about the prize.

Facebook’s first annual Hacker Cup coding challenge was won by a programmer at Google. He showed up at Facebook headquarters to collect his prize wearing his Google employee badge.

When notified of his selection for the Nobel , Martin Luther King Jr. announced he would turn over the prize money to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.