Everyone knows that there are 9 planets:
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
which you remember by saying My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickels (or some variation on the theme.
Except that now, there are only 8 planets.
So, a once critical fact, an immutable truth about the nature of the solar system has now changed.
Plus, I really feel bad for all those Pluto scholars out there who once studied the most mysterious planet and now just study a dwarf object or whatever. Its kind of like being a specialist on the Soviet General staff in the late 80’s….
(not really, but I couldn’t resist the obscure reference)
Filed as: Pluto