The new definition offered today would set up a three-tiered classification scheme with eight “planets”; a group of “dwarf-planets” that would include Pluto, Ceres, Xena and many other icy balls in the outer solar system; and thousands of “smaller solar system bodies,” like comets and asteroids.
Not only do they take away Pluto, but they also managed to take away all juvenile enjoyment from reading the words "icy balls".
If this goes through, it will COMPLETELY ruin the method I learned to remember the planets in our solar system.
I like it. People get all up in arms about Pluto not being a planet anymore, but honestly, it shouldn't be. When the first (and largest) asteroids were discovered, they were though to be planets as well. They changed their mind. This is no different. Knowing what we know now about 2003 UB313, that means Pluto probably shouldn't be a planet either. Especially since they were going to end up calling it and Charon a "double planet", since they basically orbit each other.
Originally posted by The Guinness.I've seen this in the news, major news websites and, of course, The-W. IS THIS REALLY AN ISSUE? Really? really, really? Don't you dare make me bring up plutonium!
People can't help but root for Pluto. For years it was the smallest and mildest of the planest, but it was still a planet, dammit! Now it's getting turfed for not fitting in. There's a natural underdog story there.
Scene: Mark DeRosa's brain. The year is 2005. Part of Mark DeRosa's brain: Come on, another position change? One day it's second base, the next day right field, now it's third? Why, I oughta go into Buck's office and throw his talking fish on the floor! Other part of Mark DeRosa's brain: Hold on, other part of the brain. We're making $500,000 this year. Last year we made $725,000. All for playing a damn kids' game. This is, as they say in Brainland, a no-"us"-er. We're not going to complain. Part of Mark DeRosa's brain: You're right, dude. Let's go back to looking at this crazy porn Teixeira gave us!
Originally posted by Big BadPeople can't help but root for Pluto. For years it was the smallest and mildest of the planest, but it was still a planet, dammit! Now it's getting turfed for not fitting in. There's a natural underdog story there.
What got Pluto on some people's bad sides is its weird orbit. Poor little Pluto didn't know its place.
Don't know if it's a coincedence, but the new smallest planet Mercury is today's Wikipedia Featured Article. Don't like that planet; it's always kissing up to the Sun.
Being ill yesterday was great for watching the full report and the subsequent reaction. All in all, a huge sense of disappointment that no conspiracy was found, but the old guy sure knew how to build up the tension with his "however..