Carol Greider, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, said she was at home in Baltimore folding laundry Monday morning when she received the news that she had won the world's most prestigious science prize.
On Monday evening, as she celebrated with friends and family, Greider said she never had finished folding.
"My heart went into my throat and started beating fast," she said. "The laundry never did get put away, so I'll have to do that tonight."
Can you imagine such a domestic chores angle on a story about a male Nobel laureate? If not, is it because (1) most male Nobel laureates don't do laundry, (b) if they do, they wouldn't tell the media, or (c) the media would not choose to highlight it?