From the no-kidding department:

The Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science has bestowed honorary membership to "The Big Bang Theory" co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady (pictured above). This is just priceless — almost as good as having Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar host the Emmy Engineering Awards earlier this year.

Jim Parsons, Nayyar and Helberg are in Toronto today to tape a special for CTV and accept the august tribute on behalf of their leaders.

In a lengthy statement, Lorre and Prady waxed poetic about their long-overdue recognition.

“Messrs. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady do, with great humility, accept Honorary Membership in the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science.

 Those who toil in the field of science often wait patiently for their work to be acknowledged.  Einstein, for example, waited years for the Nobel committee to bestow its award for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.  In light of this, your honorees harbor no resentment that it has taken the Institute decades to reach across the border and recognize Mr. Lorre for his groundbreaking fourth grade work in neurology entitled "How Smart is the Human Brain? (An Extra-Credit Project)" and Mr. Prady for his definitive exploration of zoological ophthalmology in the seventh grade science fair entry, “Dissecting a Calf’s Eye.”

 As members, your honorees pledge to do everything in their power to advance the interests of Canadian scientists in the global community.  For example, every time someone uses a telephone, they will note:  “Did you know that was invented by Alexander Graham Bell, a Canadian scientist?”  They will also look on Wikipedia and find names of other Canadian scientists to talk about.

 Finally, while Messrs. Lorre and Prady are baffled as to why such an august group would seek to honor them, they are truly thrilled you have done so.”

The complete release follows after the jump:

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