Our images of Pauling’s Nobel Chemistry medal used by The Daily Show?

Last night while watching The Daily Show, where the first segment was on Gore’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize, I noticed a familiar image used in one of the graphics. Several of the websites we’ve created (I work at Special Collections at OSU Libraries) feature one or both of Linus Pauling’s Nobel medals, and I’ve either created the images myself or prepared them for the web (I think Eric did the best one we have and I’m using it here). On the show they used an image of a Nobel medal along with Gore for one of the graphics, and I believe the Nobel medal image they used was ours (again).

It’s hard to be 100% sure that they used our images, but they’re one of the few high-quality Nobel medal images available online and we’re also the 3rd result for a Google Image search of ‘nobel prize‘. None of the other images available really look like ours, and there’s a few telltale signs (highlighting on the chin, slight leftward slant of ‘Nobel’). And, at least this time around, they didn’t use a Peace medal (which is quite different from the others). I wish I had higher quality images to compare, but these are the best I could find.

Here’s our image of the medal, followed by screenshots of the two specific episodes (most recent first). See for yourself:
Linus Pauling's Nobel Chemistry medal (1954)

Exhibit A: Linus Pauling’s Nobel Chemistry medal (1954) from our website, Linus Pauling and the Nature of the Chemical Bond: A Documentary History.

The Daily Show, October 15, 2007

Exhibit B: The Daily Show, October 10, 2007

The Daily Show, November 11, 2004

Exhibit C: The Daily Show, November 11, 2004

I’m very pleased that one of my favorite shows used something I had a part in. You never know what being highly ranked on Google will get you. Now I just have to get something on The Colbert Report…

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