Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Mental Floss Weighs In

Having always had a soft-spot for Pluto, the folks at Mental Floss have responded:
Heck, we’d like to think there’s a little Pluto in everyone. If you were ever invited to sit at the adult table during Thanksgiving, and did so happily for a few years, and then suddenly your mom kicked you back down to the kids’ table because of your "irregular behavior," you know how Pluto feels. If you’ve ever been thrown out of a line for a roller coaster because you weren’t big enough to ride, you definitely know how Pluto feels. And if you’ve ever marched to your own drum, strayed from the beaten path, or been called an oddball for exhibiting your own creative spin, then you and Pluto aren’t that different. We’ve heard the outcry, and mental_floss has decided that it’s time we wore our heart on our sleeve (literally). That’s why we’ve produced a one-time only, limited edition, commemorative T-shirt to celebrate everything Pluto has meant to us over these years. While not having to make a 9th planet will shave a little time off helping with our kids’ science fair dioramas, it doesn’t mean we should forget all the good times we’ve spent together. (Click here to see the shirts).


Danielle Abernethy said...

What a great blog! I think I need to order this shirt. Hmm...maybe a DEN giveaway at the Kennedy event.

Geeky Momma (GM) said...

Sounds good, Danielle! I think there are a lot of us who can identify with Pluto's plight.

Laurel Kornfeld said...

Don't write off Pluto as a planet just yet. This debate is far from over. Dr. Alan Stern, principal investigator of NASA's New Horizon's unmanned mission to Pluto and one of the leading experts on Pluto in the world, has organized a petition of over 300 astronomers who reject the IAU's planet definition. They plan to hold a conference next summer to address the issue. In the meantime, those of us who oppose this designation need to advocate for its being overturned. One way to do so is to sign a petition at