First the Nobel Prize organizers couldn't track down author Alice Munro to tell her she had won.
Then, on Friday morning, organizers experienced a similar problem with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The organization had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which is kind of a big deal.
The series of tweets, posted early Friday morning, are reminiscent of a parent trying to track down a wayward teen who gave them a bogus story about sleeping over at a friend's house.
But nobody was home.
The live webcast is now over. We are still trying to reach @OPCW— Nobelprize_org (@Nobelprize_org) October 11, 2013
Fortunately, the pleas worked.
Thank you for all the messages. We can confirm that we have been in touch with @Nobelprize_org - thanks for the concern!— OPCW (@OPCW) October 11, 2013
Twitter users were quick to see the humor in the situation. Time magazine's Radhika Jones posted this:
The OPCW and Munro weren't the only two winners to get the news a little late. Physicist Peter Higgs, who also won but does not have a cellphone, explained in a press conference that he heard he'd won from a neighbor.
"She congratulated me on the news, and I said, 'Oh, what news?'"