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dmuller
post Jun 12 2008, 09:44 AM
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Article on the BBC website: 'Non-planet' Pluto gets new class
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7449735.stm
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Now an IAU committee, meeting in Oslo, has suggested that small, nearly spherical objects orbiting beyond Neptune should carry the "plutoid" tag.

It also goes on to say that not everybody is too excited about it:
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"It's just some people in a smoke-filled room who dreamed it up," he told the Associated Press. "Plutoids or haemorrhoids, whatever they call it. This is irrelevant."



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post Jun 14 2008, 06:25 AM
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Stuart! You *cannot* seriously tell me you've never heard of the Animaniacs?

They were part of a set of cartoon shows created by Steven Spielberg back in the 90's that were often written to appeal to a wide range of audiences. Animaniacs featured a wide variety of short features, including the infamous Pinky and the Brain.

Spielberg brought a lot of keen insight into the genre to these shows. I was in my 40s when they were on the air, and I never, ever missed them.

In addition to Animaniacs and the later spun-off Pinky and the Brain, Spielberg also produced a show called Freakazoid that featured a truly deep set of referents within its referential matrix. For example, one episode was "sponsored" by the grocery store chain Anubis Foods, whose slogan was "Shop at the sign of the jackal-headed man!"

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- dmuller   Plutoids: a new class of objects beyond Neptune   Jun 12 2008, 09:44 AM
- - akuo   While classified as a plutoid, Pluto is still a dw...   Jun 12 2008, 09:51 AM
|- - David   Plutoid, wow. That must have taken a lot of thoug...   Jun 12 2008, 12:36 PM
- - hendric   Jovoids? *ba-dump dump ching*   Jun 12 2008, 01:49 PM
- - ngunn   Ganymoids?   Jun 12 2008, 02:11 PM
- - hendric   Galleoids? Does that make ring particles saturnoi...   Jun 12 2008, 02:18 PM
|- - Greg Hullender   QUOTE (hendric @ Jun 12 2008, 07:18 AM) G...   Jun 13 2008, 03:29 AM
|- - mchan   The ones there are classed as hemorrhoids.   Jun 13 2008, 04:22 AM
- - climber   If they rotate in 24h40 minutes, they'll be So...   Jun 12 2008, 03:14 PM
- - Decepticon   LOL   Jun 12 2008, 07:13 PM
- - laurele   They actually are considering calling Ceres a ...   Jun 12 2008, 09:55 PM
- - volcanopele   I propose Ioids, terrestrial bodies with silicate ...   Jun 12 2008, 10:44 PM
- - hendric   Duh, we're missing the most obvious one: Eart...   Jun 13 2008, 02:22 AM
- - Stephen   A space.com article on the issues gives a few quot...   Jun 13 2008, 04:26 AM
- - nprev   Oh, God....here we go again. ...time to get out ...   Jun 13 2008, 04:54 AM
|- - Stu   QUOTE (nprev @ Jun 13 2008, 05:54 AM) The...   Jun 13 2008, 06:36 AM
||- - pumpkinpie   QUOTE (Stu @ Jun 13 2008, 01:36 AM) And t...   Jun 13 2008, 06:23 PM
|- - Stephen   QUOTE (nprev @ Jun 13 2008, 02:54 PM) Oh,...   Jun 13 2008, 07:12 AM
|- - tedstryk   Would asteroids in the Hermian region (near the or...   Jun 13 2008, 12:55 PM
|- - ElkGroveDan   QUOTE (tedstryk @ Jun 13 2008, 04:55 AM) ...   Jun 13 2008, 05:48 PM
- - Stu   No "soapbox" Stephen, just concern, frus...   Jun 13 2008, 07:54 AM
- - dvandorn   I don't know, Stu -- there was a delightful Py...   Jun 13 2008, 08:16 AM
|- - Stu   QUOTE (dvandorn @ Jun 13 2008, 09:16 AM) ...   Jun 13 2008, 08:28 AM
|- - Stephen   QUOTE (Stu @ Jun 13 2008, 06:28 PM) To mo...   Jun 13 2008, 11:02 AM
- - dvandorn   Oh, and Advil is an American brand name for ibupro...   Jun 13 2008, 08:18 AM
- - nprev   Stu, I see your point. Did not mean to be dismissi...   Jun 13 2008, 11:20 AM
|- - jamescanvin   QUOTE (nprev @ Jun 13 2008, 12:20 PM) des...   Jun 13 2008, 12:34 PM
|- - TheChemist   QUOTE (nprev @ Jun 13 2008, 02:20 PM) I d...   Jun 13 2008, 01:04 PM
- - tasp   Instead of "Plutoid", how about using th...   Jun 13 2008, 03:29 PM
- - alan   Forum Guidelines QUOTE 1.9 Other banned subjects ...   Jun 13 2008, 04:26 PM
|- - centsworth_II   QUOTE (alan @ Jun 13 2008, 12:26 PM) ...i...   Jun 13 2008, 04:31 PM
|- - Stu   QUOTE (alan @ Jun 13 2008, 05:26 PM) Lets...   Jun 13 2008, 10:10 PM
- - hendric   Stu, Here's an idea on how to explain it. F...   Jun 13 2008, 05:39 PM
- - laurele   "Is this a joke?" It depends on what th...   Jun 13 2008, 06:03 PM
- - ElkGroveDan   As Alan noted above, we need to get away from this...   Jun 13 2008, 07:06 PM
- - SpaceListener   I like tto Stephen proposal with the word thingy.B...   Jun 13 2008, 07:30 PM
- - Greg Hullender   Say, did I tell you guys I'm taking Linguistic...   Jun 13 2008, 10:59 PM
- - imipak   Everything's an object. And they expose publi...   Jun 13 2008, 11:25 PM
- - David   I have long since ceased to care whether Pluto is ...   Jun 14 2008, 05:10 AM
- - nprev   Hell with it; Tasp is right. We marklars have spen...   Jun 14 2008, 06:08 AM
- - Stu   Just to put things in perspective... Found a refe...   Jun 14 2008, 06:17 AM
- - dvandorn   Stuart! You *cannot* seriously tell me you...   Jun 14 2008, 06:25 AM
- - nprev   ...Stu, that's from a now-defunct US cartoon s...   Jun 14 2008, 06:28 AM
|- - Stu   QUOTE (nprev @ Jun 14 2008, 07:28 AM) Thi...   Jun 14 2008, 06:35 AM
- - Stu   Ah... "Animaniacs"... yes, heard of thos...   Jun 14 2008, 06:30 AM
- - J.J.   Can't add much other than to say that I totall...   Jun 14 2008, 01:45 PM
- - Betelgeuze   I like the term 'dwarf planet', what I don...   Jun 15 2008, 12:13 PM
- - Greg Hullender   Nearly all English words are a bit fuzzy -- even s...   Jun 15 2008, 02:02 PM
- - tanjent   I don't understand why this topic provokes so ...   Jun 16 2008, 05:18 PM
|- - JRehling   QUOTE (tanjent @ Jun 16 2008, 10:18 AM) I...   Jun 18 2008, 06:53 PM
|- - Stephen   QUOTE (JRehling @ Jun 19 2008, 04:53 AM) ...   Jun 19 2008, 08:23 AM
|- - Greg Hullender   QUOTE (Stephen @ Jun 19 2008, 01:23 AM) ....   Jun 19 2008, 02:44 PM
|- - JRehling   QUOTE (Greg Hullender @ Jun 19 2008, 07:4...   Jun 19 2008, 05:28 PM
|- - Greg Hullender   Sigh. People are getting too serious again; it...   Jun 19 2008, 10:32 PM
|- - David   QUOTE (Greg Hullender @ Jun 19 2008, 10:3...   Jun 20 2008, 01:35 AM
- - Greg Hullender   Note that there was a small fuss when they renamed...   Jun 17 2008, 03:50 AM
|- - dvandorn   QUOTE (Greg Hullender @ Jun 16 2008, 10:5...   Jun 17 2008, 04:24 AM
- - Stu   Not another comment on the basic debate, I'm d...   Jun 17 2008, 07:33 AM
- - alan   I noticed this in the IAU's press release QUOT...   Jun 19 2008, 05:13 AM
- - peter59   In my opinion, IAU should only officially sanction...   Jun 19 2008, 08:13 AM
- - laurele   "Since this is another "argument from li...   Jun 19 2008, 05:02 PM
- - dvandorn   Honestly, if you're hung up on making differen...   Jun 19 2008, 06:35 PM
- - tedstryk   QUOTE (dvandorn @ Jun 19 2008, 06:35 PM) ...   Jun 20 2008, 01:40 AM


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