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Pluto, we hardly knew ye [Aug. 24th, 2006|10:50 pm]

Say it isn't so...Pluto got downgraded and is no longer a planet.  I'm not so sure I'm OK with this, especially after what a hard time I had fitting all nine planets on that poster I had to make in sixth grade. But it's not just that I'm personally invested in the issue. It's the whole idea of it.

I mean, there was Pluto - little, wobbly - but doing the best he could. It took forever for us to notice poor Pluto, but once we spotted him we let him into the circle, and suddenly there he was hanging out with the big guys, part of the solar system. One of the cool kids. And then...BAM. Out. Just like that. One day you're walking the halls with a gaggle of girls and the next you're wandering around the cafeteria like the Flying Dutchman, if the Flying Dutchman were balancing a tray loaded down with processed chicken patties, cold lima beans and a leaky miniature carton of milk.

And what, exactly did Pluto do wrong? That's the kicker. Pluto didn't change. It's just now, a scant 76 years later (which, I might point out, is like only a couple of semesters in Pluto Years) that we've gotten picky about who gets to be a Planet. One little overlap of Neptune's orbit, and badaboom-badabing, it's all over. 

I suppose, on the plus side, Holst's Planets Suite is no longer short one movement.


[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2006-08-25 04:31 am (UTC)
yeah, I was pretty bummed about it today too. poor, poor Pluto. It's just going to be so odd don't ya think? we have to relearn all this stuff all over again because some dorks change their minds.
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From: blissonbliss
2006-08-25 04:48 am (UTC)
Holy cow! I was totally writing (in my head) Ode to Pluto, and how I can't finish my special trick thing for remembering all the planets: My Very Erotic Mate Joyfully Satisfies Unusual Needs Passionately.

No more Passionately! Gasp. Sob!
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2006-08-25 04:52 am (UTC)
wow, I wish I would have learned THAT one!! *feels cheated*
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From: misty_bay
2006-08-25 11:39 am (UTC)


That one would have made science easier for me as well.

Poor Pluto. But CNN's home site did give it a nice obituary. Ds had to go check it out because he didn't believe me when I said a planet died.

This was after I calmed him down and reassured him it wasn't Mickey's dog.

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[User Picture]From: julzlady
2006-08-25 05:07 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I'm not the only geek out there who was deeply interested in the Pluto saga. :-)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-08-25 11:42 am (UTC)
I'll tell ya what Pluto did..he dared to overlap another. Silly little boy tried to take up space in another planets turf and ticked of the head planet. Now, he's left to his own devices and will most likely find a drug infested planet crowd to hang out with and his college years are shot so he will be forever pumping inter-galatic gas for the cool crowd.

Poor Pluto. Why do we have to go and mess up a good thing. Explaining to PDQ that Pluto really isn't a planet in the solar system is going to cause bunches of chaos around here!

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[User Picture]From: kljohnson7868
2006-08-25 12:56 pm (UTC)


Poor Pluto, the cosmic loser.....but I LOVED your blog on the situation. Such a gift.....
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[User Picture]From: eclecticmama
2006-08-25 02:34 pm (UTC)
My Very Educated Mother Just Baked Nine..........


I guess it's now "My Very Educated Mother Just Baked Noodles" or some stupid thing.
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[User Picture]From: causedujour
2006-08-26 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'm stumped. What in the world are all the astrology people going to do? I mean, aren't Scorpions ruled by Pluto? And these new guys, Ceres or whatever, where do they come into play? Who do they trine with and what in the world does that mean to me??
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From: spritzcourt
2006-08-26 09:31 pm (UTC)
Now I have to figure out how to return the planetary light system the boy got for Christmas last year.....
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