As the Nobel Prizes were given out, this year the IgNoble Prizes also went out. One went to a researcher over the use ofthe word "the", and how it affects alphabetization.
"LITERATURE: Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study of the word "the" -- and of the many ways it causes problems for anyone who tries to put things into alphabetical order.
REFERENCE: "The Definite Article: Acknowledging 'The' in Index Entries," Glenda Browne, The Indexer, vol. 22, no. 3 April 2001, pp. 119-22.
WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Glenda Browne"
Read more about the IgNoble Prizes, and this particular one, at: ignobel.com