Thursday, August 24, 2006

Dwarf planet

I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle right now. I take a little nap this afternoon and my entire world is changed - more like the universe I knew is smaller now.

In case you've been in a cave today, the big new story today is that our dear friend Pluto was demoted to the status of "Dwarf Planet" by those mean people at the International Astronomical Union.

After having his planet card revoked, I just saw Pluto at the "Asteroid Bar" and it's not pretty. He's up there singing karyoke, drinking, depressed. It's not a pretty sight.

I'm so upset by this and I'm going to do something about it. I've hunted around the internet and found the perfect "Save Pluto" t-shirts on this site. I think that we can still change this. It's a travesty of justice. How can people just arbitrarily decide what a planet is and what a planet is not. I'm not standing for it, and you shouldn't either. Join us to save our friend Pluto! *LOL*

13 comments:

Sarebear said...

I like the "Me and the other planets" one, and if I dared wear it, the "You guys are a*holes" one.

But I'm not s'posed to swear, being Mormon, and there'd be cultural pressure around here against it (lots of Mormons around, lol!) I still think it's funny, tho.

I'm bummed, but I think the Astronomical community will overturn the decision . . . at least the MSN article I read made that sound likely, and made it sound like alot of astronomers weren't even allowed to vote, or something.

I don't want the hundreds of other objects that are now going to be classified as dwarf planets (except they aren't planets) to be classified as regular planets, except maybe the ones they were going to to bring us to 12 . . .

I am bummed, man, just like you!

Save Pluto. Actually, I'd like a shirt with a depiction of the planet pluto, and its moon (which now is a dwarf planet, too?), sticking it's tongue out.

That'd suit me, to a T(shirt). Hee hee!

ClinkShrink said...

Hey, it wouldn't be the first time a planet was just arbitrarily wiped out of history. Just ask Arthur Dent.

And I believe the proper term nowadays is "little planets" not "dwarf planets". They get touchy about that.

Sarebear said...

I think it's dwarf planet, ala dwarf star. Using the same type of nomenclature.

But I kinda wondered about the reaction of differently-sized people to that, too.

Although you could be being facetious . . . Either way, there you go!

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish!

NeoNurseChic said...

At rehearsal tonight, we have an actor playing Pluto in the Interplanet Janet song. I shouted down from my 9 foot piano platform that they voted Pluto out of the solar system...as far as planets go. Only one of the actresses heard me say it, but she hasn't heard the news. She was like, "OH NO!! Don't tell Connor!!!" (He's Pluto...) ;) This is really upsetting everyone!

Dreaming again said...

it's not right, it's just not right I tell ya ...

Oh, Dwarf is ok, it's midget that's not ok. Dwarf is a medically correct term. (I have 2 friends that are dwarfs, they NEVER refer to themselves as 'little people' ...always dwarfs and only in talking about their condition, other than that, they're just short)

Sarebear said...

Shoot. I hope Dr. Deb's daughter's school report is still ok, then. Lol!

Deb, I hope she's not too upset.

My daughter is perturbed. She's really a space nut.

Although I suppose, if teachers can take advantage of this to bring solar system stuff more to life for the kids, that's cool, although I WANT PLUTO BACK! Cause.

I know . . . here's a good shirt. Maybe I'll go make it up at Cafe Press.

Pluto - SIZE DOESN'T MATTER!

Hee hee hee hee.

difficultpt said...

Pluto - Size doesn't matter . . . LMAO!!!!!

Sarebear said...

hee hee. Thank you! I'm going to throw some cafe press shirts up with that, and I just did one version with Pluto: voted Off the island

hee hee.

Sorry for my advert, but I got the idea here. Besides, it's almost zippo profit, I just think it's funny. Will be creating a variety of shirts and stuff with those two slogans on em, among others, over the next couple days . . .

Michael C said...

Dr. A,
I thought I posted earlier but it isn't showing up. I feel bad for pluto and blogged about the same thing today.

I feel sorry for Pluto and am concerned that the planet will now have planet envy when it's around the "regular" 8 planets. Poor, poor Pluto...

wolfbaby said...

ROLF....planet envy...

size dosn't matter...

pluto drinking at the bar

whats next???

poor pluto...

cathy said...

Dr. A. just wanted to let you know I linked to your "Friends" post.

ipanema said...

I feel a bit sad and glad at the same time. Sad because it's been part of the universe for 70 years and glad that they were able to rectify such errors.

Lea said...

The International Astonomical Union is just a bunch of bullies with a Napoleon Complex.

Pluto has a right to stay in our Solar System and he has a mind of his own. How many other of "our" planets sometimes orbit inside Neptune? That is just Pluto's way of telling us he is special too!