Posted by: Gregg | August 24, 2006

Proof that the international science community reads bookpusher

Just heard that Pluto got kicked to the curb. It’s really all for the best – there’s really nothing special about it. School textbooks will deal just fine with it – actually, it should promote discussion of the planets and get more kids aware of what’s out there. And it’s not as if this is the first time this kind of thing has happened: Ceres, a particularly large asteroid between Mars and Jupiter, was considered to be a planet for about fifty years back in the 1800s.

Go international science community! Thank goodness they resisted the Pluto lobby. I’m sure Disney’ll lodge a lawsuit any day now.

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Responses

  1. Aw, I’m a little disappointed. I liked Pluto. Plus, 9 is a much better number for our solar system than 8, for those that like to tie our solar system to occult hoohah.

    As for the pop culture fallout from this, see this week’s Tom the Dancing Bug. (If you’re not a Salon subscriber, click through the ad to see the whole cartoon.)

  2. We can still have nine planets. Now that Pluto’s out of the way, our scientific community can now reveal Counter-Earth, and the visitors from it.

  3. Well, okay…but I’m going to need a raygun.

  4. Nope. Once Pluto and Charon are out of the picture, it’s all about Nibiru, baby! Brace yourself for Vimana-battles in the skies and Sumerian aliens rolling up for our life-giving gold!

  5. Josh, that raygun link is just about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

    And I had no idea there were such things as Sumerian aliens. Egyptian aliens, maybe….


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