Polish physicist and chemist Marie Curie is to be posthumously stripped of her Nobel Prize after being branded as "dumb beyond belief" by the Norweigan Nobel Committee.
Curie, who was originally rewarded the prize for her pioneering work in the field of radioactivity, is to be retroactively punished for her "stupidity" because the damaging effects of ionizing radiation ultimately led to her own death.
"We appreciate her innovative and invaluable work on the isolating of radioactive isotopes" said Smor Gasboard, President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, "but you have to admit - it was a pretty bloody stupid thing for her to do. We, as an organisation, don't want to be seen to be rewarding people who show such wilful disregard for basic Health and Safety procedures".
Gasboard also revealed they will be examining all other previous Nobel winners "with a fine toothcomb" to look for "major or minor technical infringements" in order to posthumously discredit the reputation of those who sacrificed their lives to the development of mankind.