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Thursday, August 24, 2006


The Solar System lost a planet on Thursday

The planet swung to a new heading and headed off to find a more attractive location. We will all be saddened to see the planet go, but if it is it's time to move on . . .

The Redskins can't win a preseason game (those games don't matter), the United have lost the ability to win a regular season game (they didn't lose, but tied, and won their most recent non-regular season game - a cup game), and the Nationals are in a 5 game losing skid (um, can't think of anything nice to say). What more can happen?

That planet flying off to look for a new location to sit and stay frozen? Well - it didn't leave, it's still in the solar system, so how did our solar system lose a planet? Simple enough. The people that decide whether a particular body of dead frozen rocks is a planet or a particularly large moon/asteroid/comet/ancient spaceship hidden in rock, have decided that the ninth planet in our solar system is not in fact a planet. Goodbye Pluto, you are no longer a planet. Sorry.

Oh, and Pluto isn't a planet anymore.

Now let us all sing that theme song from the television series "Enterprise." Or not (it had something to do with getting from here to there, or something).

What does this have to do with the Nationals? Well, it could be worse for the Nationals, they could be stripped of their status and become nothing more than a group of men wearing funny clothing and swinging at small white objects with sticks torn out of trees. Or demoted to a minor league team. Nope, that has not yet happened. The Nationals remain a major league ballclub. Pluto, though, is now nothing more than a dwarf planet.

Odd, NASA sent a probe to Pluto that will not arrive for 961/27 years? What the heck is 961/27 years? 96,127 years? NASA set a probe that will not arrive for 96,127 years? It's not days/years because 27 years in days is 9855 days (9855/27; days/years).

It was unclear how Pluto's demotion might affect the mission of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which earlier this year began a 961/27-year journey to the oddball object to unearth more of its secrets.

I'm sure the Ape men that will come to dominate earth will be happy to receive the data from the probe. On the other hand the sun will be dead at that point . . .

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