Friday, November 06, 2009

It's official. DDC says so. Pluto is no longer a planet.

While playing around with the geographic heading information for the Dewey Decimal Classification System, I discovered something totally interesting:

So remember in 2006 when there was a heated discussion among scientists about whether Pluto should be a planet or not? Pluto lost and was demoted to "dwarf planet". Several events followed this resolution.

First, a new facebook group was created, called "When I was your age, Pluto was a planet". I joined, naturally.

Second, we all contemplated an existence without Pluto. What would become of those memorization aids for learning the planets? My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us NOTHING. That's what. No pizza for you.

And third, the Dewey Decimal Classification System was updated. The classification "Pluto and transplutonian planets" was altered to "Trans-Neptunian objects". Thus all those books about Pluto are now technically about "Trans-Neptunian objects." How depressing.

And that is it. There is no hope for Pluto now. DDC is the final word.

The end.


Apothecary Inn said...


Juliana said...

Your Thanksgiving Avatar is my favorite yet.

Rebecca said...

Inconceivable!! What about all the Historical Documents from Nighmare Theater? And they call this "science"? What of all the rocket ships that have already landed on Pluto (the planet)? Will Buck Rogers and e.e. Doc Smith be so defamed? Will they now have landed on a mere trans-Neptunian object and become the object of ridicule? And worst of all, will their perilous journeys be lost within the DDC?

The Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clark Foundations will surely go on strike, and Asimov will rise from his grave with an army or robots to defend Pluto's rights.

And we thought black holes were scary. Forget about pizza; this is serious!

More importantly is Donald Duck's dog Pluto now a member of the "We know you're there but cannot condescend to call you a 'real' dog; therefore, you are now part of a subset called trans-dog-objects." Disney will never be the same.

Let's read the children a story about Donald and his trans-dog-object. Thrilling.

The Pauls said...

Oh Laura! You make me giggle...and cry! No more pizza. What a life.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.