August 24, 2006
Pluto Demoted? What About Mickey and Goofy?
From Associated Press:
Pluto, beloved by some as a cosmic underdog but scorned by astronomers who considered it too dinky and distant, was unceremoniously stripped of its status as a planet Thursday.
The International Astronomical Union, dramatically reversing course just a week after floating the idea of reaffirming Pluto's planethood and adding three new planets to Earth's neighborhood, downgraded the ninth rock from the sun in historic new galactic guidelines.
Dear International Astronomical Union:
You can take your demotion of Pluto and stick it up Uranus.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, August 24, 2006, at the time of 5:51 PM
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The following hissed in response by: MarkD
I'm too old and obstinate to change. There are 9 planets. Pluto is one of them.
Want change? Let's go back to the 48 states we had when I was a kid... Didn't think so.
The following hissed in response by: Robert Schwartz
When I was a kid there were 7 planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
The following hissed in response by: Dan Kauffman
Robert the Sun is not a planet.
The above hissed in response by: Dan Kauffman at August 24, 2006 9:06 PM
The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh
You don't understand; you're too young. Back in the day, there were also only four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water.
Of course, in my grandfather's time, water hadn't been invented yet, and the world was more musical.
The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh at August 24, 2006 9:35 PM
The following hissed in response by: yetanotherjohn
It is totally irresponsible for the IAU to eliminate Pluto as a planet. It should be obvious that our solar system is finlly balanced with just the right gravitational pull on earth away from the sun to counter the pull toward the sun. Eliminating Pluto will destroy this balance. The result of losing Pluto as a planet is clearly going to be more global warming as the Earth moves closer to the sun. If you think Bush increased the number of hurricanes and the severity of those hurricanes, then clearly you should be alarmed about the IAU's action to hurl the Earth into the sun. But the conservatives will continue to question the clear results of this move by the IAU to endanger our planet. They will claim that maybe the earth won't be hurled into the sun as a result of removing Pluto as a planet. But those who understand the science behind global warming will know better. Already, today is hotter than yesterday, indicating the earth has moved closer to the sun. And its all Bush's fault.
The above hissed in response by: yetanotherjohn at August 25, 2006 9:03 AM
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