Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Please, Bring Back Pluto as a Planet!

Sometimes, when you hear earth shattering news,
you just want to
draw the blankets up over your head and retreat to a safe place.

The people of Jimmie Dean Foods omitted Pluto from a recent commercial.
Yes, I have counted the planets 143 times to be sure.
You know the one I'm talking about?
Eight planets attempting to rotate around the sun.
Sun asks if anyone has had their Jimmie Dean Sausage Biscuit today.
Yeah, that one.
Next thing, someone will tell me that Atlantis, the Loch Ness Monster,
Big Foot and Santa Claus are not real.

Gah!

10 comments:

Laurel Kornfeld said...

As someone who has spent the last three-and-a-half years advocating the rejection of the IAU demotion and/or the reinstatement of Pluto's planet status, I urge you and as many people as possible to contact Jimmy Dean and express your displeasure about this plus urge the company to put Pluto back in with the planets.

Some key points: the controversial demotion was done by only four percent of the IAU, most of whom are not planetary scientists. It was opposed immediately by hundreds of professional astronomers led by New Horizons Principal Investigator Dr. Alan Stern. That petition can be found here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/planetprotest/

The IAU definition makes no linguistic sense, as it states that dwarf planets are not planets at all. That’s like saying a grizzly bear is not a bear. Second, it defines objects solely by where they are while ignoring what they are. If Earth were placed in Pluto’s orbit, by the IAU definition, it would not be a planet. That is because the further away an object is from its parent star, the more difficulty it will have in clearing its orbit.

For more resources supporting Pluto's planet status, visit my Pluto blog at http://laurele.livejournal.com and check out the books "The Case for Pluto" by Alan Boyle and "Is Pluto A Planet" by Dr. David Weintraub.

Deb said...

Seriously? I was just kidding!

Linda said...

Wow, who knew?

Mental P Mama said...

Big Foot is real. That is all I can say. Now go have a sausage biscuit.

TSannie said...

Santa Claus...I saw him....I really did! 50 years ago, but who's counting... :)

Chatty Crone said...

They have even stopped teaching it as a planet at school! sandie

Maria said...

You're scaring me with all this talk, next thing you'll be questioning the tooth fairy and Easter bunny. Remember I saw Santa here at the beach just a few weeks back now go have some more coffee and clear your head.

Daryl said...

Maybe Pluto was having something other than Jimmy Dean ...

Diane said...

I love that commercial! I just didn't count the planets. However, I saw bigfoot on the way to work this morning!

Laurel Kornfeld said...

Many schools do still teach Pluto as a planet while others teach the controversy, specifically that the status of Pluto is a matter of debate. The latter is probably the best way to teach it. If your kids' teachers are just excluding Pluto, I recommend sharing the link above, where 300 professional astronomers protested the demotion plus listening to the transcript of the Great Planet Debate, held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, MD, where both sides were extensively discussed: http://gpd.jhuapl.edu/