Steve Jobs lost out on being part of Britain's silly honor system after a former Prime Minister apparently blocked his knighthood after the Apple founder refused to speak at a Labour event. Via Daily Telegraph: "The former MP was told by Downing Street that the decision was related to a failed attempt to attract Mr Jobs to Labour's annual conference. Given his status as a superstar of business and technology, such an appearance would have been viewed as a coup for Mr Brown." Bill Gates, Jobs' archnemesis, received an honorary knighthood back in 2005. [SFGate]