PC Planets
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:42 pm)

Teacher: Can anyone tell me what the names of all the planets are?
Timmy: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
Teacher: WRONG! Pluto is a dwarf planet! You LOSE!

So it sounds like there's a little turmoil amongst the Astronomical community. Or perhaps "Something rotten in the state of Denmark" is more appropriate. I guess the astronomers that stayed to the end of the recent conference were the only ones that got to vote, and the losers are whining that the winners "ganged up" and all stayed to the end to skew the vote. And to an extent, they're right. We don't all have to fly to Washington, D.C. to vote for the President. There should be some kind of electronic or absentee voting method for something this big, something that gets this much public attention.

Which brings me to my main point I wish to make today. What's with the dwarf planet nomenclature? Aren't we supposed to be PC and say something less-offensive? Just as we'd now refer to a "dead person" as terminally inconvenienced or metabolically challenged, should we not also have a better term for the dwarf planets? A person with dwarfism isn't a midget, they're a human being of restricted growth, so what about the planets?

I submit to you, my loyal readers, we use the term mass-challenged planet.

By the way, welcome Ceres, Pluto and Charon, and 2003 UB313 to the Solar System as mass-challenged planets!

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2 Responses to “PC Planets”

  1. BenY says:

    The weird thing about "dwarf planet" is it makes me think that dwarves live there. Like "Dinosaur planet, or Planet of the Apes. Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, dwarves are from Pluto.

  2. Webmonster says:

    You mean dwarves are from Ceres, Pluto, Charon, or 2003 UB313. We are outnumbered by the dwarves!

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