Wave goodbye to Pluto next time he passes by

Poor Pluto. Just got the boot. But I guess it somewhat makes sense, since his name is classically associated with the underworld and death. His passing away was inevitable.

The demotion is going to cause all sorts of problems for sixth grade science curriculum.

Among other implications, Thursday’s new definition means students will have to find a new way of remembering how the planets are arranged in order from the sun.

The old mnemonic device of “Mark’s Very Extravagant Mother Just Sent Us Ninety Parakeets” helped them recall that the order was Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

I had never heard that mnemonic; I had just learned the names. What a rip off.

Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a blogger, marketer and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

1 Comment

april

about 11 years ago

it is sad...i was disappointed...and of course - typical me - i feel more loss for Mickey than anything ;-) j/k...but seriously - can you just think of all the money that will now be spent on new science textbooks? crazy! because you know, once there is one mistake, we gotta go back and rewrite it all (a little 1984 dontcha think?)

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