Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Enough Already

Dear Utah Winter,

You suck. The groundhog saw his shadow. We did our obligatory six more weeks of winter. Enough already. The first of day of spring has come and gone. Just as you should.



In case you're a little out of touch, April starts tomorrow. What better reason do you need to cut it out already? Most of the country has its act together. Now shape up.

Bitterly,

Someone who has been stuck inside a tiny apartment with two rowdy boys and is completely out of indoor activity ideas and hates being cold in general

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Dear International Astronomical Union (or who ever is in "charge" of the planets),

I just finished a project with my son about the solar system, and we decided to leave Pluto in. Yes, that's right. We decided to go against new thinking that Pluto is not a planet, but a micro-planet. Have you stopped to consider the implications (gasp!)? Are dwarves, and other "micro" people no longer people?

Honestly, I think your time would be better spent renaming Uranus.

Sincerely,

A mom who hasn't told her kids that there are only 8 planets

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Dear, dear box of Dove Tiramisu Dark Chocolate Promises,

First, I would just like to thank you for being indescribably delicious.

I think it's very cute that your wrappers have little sayings in them. "Be fearless." "Send a love letter this week."

But I think it would be more appropriate if I unwrapped a piece only to find, "If you don't stop eating this chocolate NOW, you'll hate yourself tomorrow."

Wistfully,

A girl who needs a push in the right direction

6 comments:

  1. Very fun letters!

    And I refuse to admit that there are now only 8 planet, too.

    I mean, hello! If it's not a planet, then why does it have the word "planet" in its name? Huh, geniuses??

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  2. Kudos to you for keeping Pluto in your son's project. You are not alone in rejecting the idea that our solar system has only eight planets. The IAU definition was adopted by only four percent of its members, most of whom are not planetary scientists, and was rejected by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto. I encourage you to visit http://www.dwarfplanetsrplanets2.com for contact information to email the IAU asking them to reopen this issue at this summer's General Assembly. Another site is kid friendly and is actually collecting letters to send to the IAU. You can find them here: http://www.oliebollen.com/funstuff/images/letter.pdfe IAU. You can also sign a petition to the IAU asking for Pluto's reinstatement here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/theplutopetition/

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  3. There's some graffiti on a nearby bridge down here in Texas of a very sad looking, downcast Pluto with his bottom lip sticking out. It says, "It's okay, Pluto. I'm not a planet either." So cute!

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  4. Cute, cute, cute! You're so cute, Katherine!

    For what it's worth, I'm another one of those who refuses to reject Pluto as a planet, and since my kids are homeschooled, they have been appropriately informed as well. :)

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  5. Good for you, Lori! A lot of people are going to be surprised when in 2015, the data from New Horizons show definitively that Pluto IS a planet. I hope you check out some of the links I posted. Many teachers are still including Pluto with the planets or teaching this as an ongoing controversy with two sides, as they don't accept the IAU definition either.

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