Friday, August 25, 2006

Good bye, Pluto!


Shocking news: Pluto is no longer a planet.

It did not explode. It did not stray off its orbit. It did not disappear. Today, the International Astronomical Union had just stripped Pluto of its planetary status. I am incredulous about this!

So this is how it feels when you're told that what you always believed as true is no longer that. I'm not being silly about this whole business (although I guess this is a bit of a fuss)! I've been taught that there are nine planets in the solar system, always believed that, so now that there's just eight... You got to admit that's kinda strange.

I imagine when I have kids one day and I go through their textbooks, helping them with their homework, I'd be endlessly shocked by all the new things scientists have discovered, governments have altered, historians have rewritten, and so on. In fact, whenever I watch Miss Universe, I let out a loud surprised bark when a new country representative sashays down the stage. Like the first time I saw Miss Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago?! What the?! Then when the USSR split up, there were half a dozen names to memorize (most of them ending with -tan). So I finally stopped watching Miss Universe. I felt dumb because as the years went by, I've begun barking at every other girl!

Well, Pluto is no longer a planet. That makes the solar system much smaller. The universe much bigger. And I even less important.