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Pluto, We Hardly Knew You August 24, 2006

Posted by Andy in Pluto, soapbox.
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It’s official. Pluto – yesterday a planet, today, not so much.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/5282440.stm

“The ninth planet will now effectively be airbrushed out of school and university textbooks”

I guess what the 2500 experts in Prague are saying is that size does matter and with regards to planets, eight is enough.

I for one am sad to see Pluto go. Sure, it was small. But it was also plucky.

But if it is OK to discriminate by size, I say “bye-bye” Rhode Island and Delaware. You are now “dwarf states” Pugs, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, and other toy dogs – you are now “dwarf dogs”. Mini Oreos? I don’t think so.

Finally a word of warning – Watch out Mercury, you might be next!

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1. trancefixed - August 24, 2006

Doesn’t appear to be it’s size that was the deciding factor, rather that it gets ‘to close’ to Neptune.

Maybe Neptune likes the company every once in a while – must be kinda lonely out there.

If it’s OK to descriminate for orbitting too close, does that mean Tony Blair is a dwarf PM for orbitting so damn close to Dubya’s ass?

2. liza - October 1, 2006

Pluto I will miss you…why did you have to change on me.

Somethings should be left alone. My four year old learned the Solar System just last year in school. How am I going to explain to him that size does matter?

Now, honestly, he probably memorized that one the fastest because it sounds like a Disney character. But didn’t we all!


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