From the University of California at Berkeley News Center, via Starts with a Bang, we learn that the one of the latest physics laureates, Saul Perlmutter (who bears more than a passing resemblance to Woody Allen), got an encomium far more valuable than the prize itself:
Inevitably, a reporter wondered when Perlmutter would get his Nobelist’s parking permit, one of the international prize’s notable campus perks. “I was assuming today,” Perlmutter replied, adding that “the only reason to win a Nobel Prize is so that you can park on campus.”
In answer to the reporter’s question, the Chancellor leaped up and presented Perlmutter with an NL (Nobel Laureate) parking permit.
It’s not a joke, folks!:
And from Time Magazine, an article about how some Nobel Laureates spent their prize money. Not included in the list is Richard Feynman, who used his dosh to buy a beach house in Baja California.