For the second time in a month, German eyebrows were raised over a topical poem the German laureate, novelist Günter Grass, published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Last time he castigated Israel for threatening Iran with an atomic war. This time he blamed Europe for brutalizing Greece. This prompted the writer Harald Martenstein to list in die Zeit strange behaviour by other laureates:
1. Linus Pauling recommended large quantities of Vitamin C to cancer patients.
2. Novelist Knut Hamsun praised Adolf Hitler as a fighter for mankind before and after 1945.
3. Luc Montagnier (the discoverer of the HIV virus) thought he could transport DNA from one glass of water to another with the help of magnetism.
4. Thomas Mann described his bowel movements obsessively in his diaries.