Friday, March 27, 2009

Screw You Guys! Pluto Ain’t a Planet!

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My Favorite is Orcus!

Whenever I hear lay people talk about Pluto I always hear things like. “That’s messed up about Pluto right?” and “I think it’s Bullshit what happened to Pluto” or “Pluto is a planet ’cause that’s what I learned in school.” This is usually followed by cheers.

Why are you cheering! Which of these groups do you think is better equipped to decide what counts as a planet? A collection of professional astronomers known as the International Astronomical Union, or angry people who don’t want to learn a new mnemonic device!

“My very educated mother just served us nine pizzas.” All you have to do is stop before Pizzas!

If Pluto is a planet then so is Ceres. What’s Ceris you ask? Oh just a small spherical body orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. Also we should include, Eris which is bigger than Pluto, Haumea, and Makemake, and we should include all the other “Plutiods” like Orcus, Quaoar, and Ixion.

I don’t know about you, but my mnemonic device, for remembering all the planets has become no longer useful. But in case you're wondering here’s what I’ve come up with:

“My Very Educated Mother Carefully Judged Some Useless Planets to be Hopelessly Makeshift dEsegnations.”

I know it’s not great, and I haven’t even included the Plutiods yet.