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Thursday, August 24, 2006

FANNING THE CELESTIAL FIRE


Pluto has been demoted.

I suppose everyone will be writing about the downsizing of our solar system now that our former ninth planet is no longer considered a planet.

Not many people know how many planets there are in the first place, but now they'll have to worry about remembering how many dwarf planets there are along with how many stars are on the U.S flag.

I grew up next door to "I Dream of Jeannie's" Major Nelson, so you might say I'm a little spacey. We took our space news seriously because everyone in my family, except me, worked at Kennedy Space Center, on the missile pads, or in the early bunkers at Cape Canaveral.

Not knowing anything about the new guidelines that define a planet, I just
have to say, "once a planet always a planet" and blow it out your black hole all of you high-fluting astronomers for confusing the you-know-what out of the rest of us.

8 Comments:

Anonymous proofreader said...

gee..is it politically correct to even call Pluto a dwarf?..next they will be renaming it a "Little Person"...do you think the other planets will now gang-up on little Pluto and dwarf-toss it into the galaxies? what's next? Neptune a gnome?...Mars/Mercury midgets?...

Thu Aug 24, 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Norm said...

And all this time I thought that Pluto was a Disney cartoon character.

Thu Aug 24, 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous wine girl said...

Do I hear a space challenged astra body? Just wait, they will somehow tie this into not just global warming, but universal warming.

Thu Aug 24, 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous wine girl said...

oops...should have proof read. I meant astral.

Thu Aug 24, 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

actually your phrase "proof read"
is one word "proofread"...

Thu Aug 24, 04:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pluto is also the Greek god of the underworld.

Thu Aug 24, 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Uncle Martin said...

Pluto no longer a planet?!
How bizarre! Let's rewrite history again,eh?
This reminds me of the day The
Catholic See decided to demote St.Christopher,the patron saint of
travelers. He was canned about 17 years ago.
What's next,Santa Claus is not real either,right?

Fri Aug 25, 05:25:00 AM  
Anonymous A fertile mind... said...

Bend and stretch,reach for the stars.
There goes Jupiter, there go Mars.

An obscure reference to "Romper Room", c1960.

Fri Aug 25, 10:02:00 PM  

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