Remember when "they" determined that Pluto was not a planet?
"They" were out of line.
Many Very Elderly Men Jumped Six Ugly New...what?
(Am I old that I remember that mnemonic? (Anybody got a mnemonic to help me remember how to spell mnemonic?))
|If you will not be turned...|
(into a Dwarf Planet)
you will be destroyed!
"They" being the International Astronomical Union (IAU) came up with a couple of tricky textbook rewrites. This unholy union of Astronomers, undoubtedly lead by Senator Palpatine, clearly had it in for Pluto. Clearly by the misspelling of neighborhood below, we are lead to believe that the Europeans (pronounced You ROPE peons) are involved with their Theatre, Colour, Honour, Rumour, Humour. I blame instead the Australians. You know who you are...
Resolution 5A was the first and they felt it necessary to define what a planet is:
A planet is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighbourhood [sic] around its orbit [ref].Further, "They" have defined a new category called a Dwarf Planet as such:
A celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, (c) has not cleared the neighbourhood [sic] around its orbit, and (d) is not a satellite [ref].
I am the Florax and I speak for the planets.
First of all, we prefer "little planet" if you are going to so designate us.
Second, a planet, by orbiting the sun, is by definition a satellite. So that last one was a dig on the fact that Pluto is barely larger than its own moon and it is not larger than the moons of many other planets. Unappreciated!
Lastly, just because a planet is not packing a gat and cleaning up its 'hood doesn't make it any less a planet!
In a similar move, the International Foot Fetish Yodelers (IFFY) has designated the left pinky toe a "Dwarf Toe" and petitioned that it be removed from the foot.
IFFY has defined a toe as:
A toe is (a) having a toenail that must be clipped regularly, (b) wherewithal to go to market, (c) or not, (d) ability to choose to enjoy Roast Beef, (e) or not, (f) sufficient mass to overcome rigid body masses and gravity to hold the body erect on its own, (g) is not a satellite, and finally (h) a strong bladder is required.
Obviously, IFFY lacks imagination in their resolutions.
Unfortunately for left pinky toe, the nub of a nail that hardly requires clipping and can be brought to correct size by a mere swipe on the carpet, there will be no more "wee wee wee all the way home" for that piggy!
In other news, right pinky toe has begun the callous behavior of rubbing his neighbors the wrong way.
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