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03:26 pm - Yuggoth, err, *Pluto* gets demoted
After years of wrangling and a week of bitter debate, astronomers voted on a sweeping reclassification of the solar system. In what many of them described as a triumph of science over sentiment, Pluto was demoted to the status of a “dwarf planet.”

The New York Times

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From:kviri
Date:August 24th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Damned scientists.
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From:jehanna
Date:August 24th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
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Ok, unless that's sarcastic, it's not just me. I can't quantify WHY it bothers me beyond "sentiment", but it does.
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From:kviri
Date:August 24th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Well, it's not sarcastic... I do mean that. Very much so.

But it's also a V reference, for Doug's benefit. :)
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From:jehanna
Date:August 24th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
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All the same, I feel somewhat better hearing someone with the background agreeing. :)

I did watch that show a little, but it was a disgustingly long time ago. I don't recall that I thought much of it at the time, either....
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From:trystero
Date:August 24th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
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I still even have the sample!

Personally, I'm just annoyed because I can probably never get back the brain cell I devoted to learning Pluto as part of the list of planets as a child.

But, of course, there could be worse consequences from today's decision...  :-)
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From:milknut
Date:August 25th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
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I wanna know what the new mnemonic will be! Good grammar says you can't end in a preposition! What will the vampires eat now and where will they eat them??
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From:trystero
Date:August 25th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
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What will the vampires eat now and where will they eat them?

I think there's a "Uranus" joke here, but I'm too tired to attempt it properly...  :-)
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From:kviri
Date:August 25th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
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I nominate "Many Very Educated Men Just Screwed Up Nomenclature."
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From:innermonkey
Date:August 25th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
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Dwarf Planet?

Like full of dwarves? With mines and axen and the like?

Huzzah!

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