Saturday, July 14, 2007

New Contest!

As my well-informed readers are sure to know, "Pluto is dead." So says California Institute of Technology planetary scientist Mike Brown. Not since Nietszche's declaration has so great a being been declared deceased.

Now that Pluto has been officially demoted to "dwarf planet" status by less than 5% the world's astronomers, we are facing a potential education crisis.

So many of us have learned the order of the planets with the magical mnemonic device "My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets." Now that Pluto has bitten the dust, we need a new mnemonic AND fast. There is a new generation of students who may never learn the planets of our solar system.

Which brings me to my contest. I am looking for a new mnemonic device to aid children's rote memorization of the 8 remaining planetary orbs: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune.

I am accepting submissions beginning now! Submit your entries by responding to this post. You may enter this contest as many times as you would like. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. And, please, keep 'em clean.

The best mnemonic device will be featured in a future blog entry, so get to work!

Originally Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2006
(Then) Curent Mood: thoughtful


Anonymous said...

How about "My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us...No!!!"

This keeps continuity with the old device and expresses our shock and horror at the disappearance of Pluto.

Originally Posted by Russ on Tuesday, September 05, 2006 at 12:50 PM

yajeev said...

Great entry! Keep 'em coming. The competition is going to be stiff.

Posted by VJ on Tuesday, September 05, 2006 at 1:23 PM

yajeev said...

Massachusetts Virgins Elope Merrily--Judge Upholds Niftily.

Originally Posted by Russ on Tuesday, September 05, 2006 at 11:17 PM

yajeev said...

Many Vegetarians Eeating Might Just Slurp Up Noodles

Just thought I'd throw mine into the mix... keep those creative juices flowing.

Originally Posted by VJ on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 4:26 PM

Anonymous said...

Most Virginians Elect to Mate Just Standing Up Now.

Hope it isn't too dirty.

Originally Posted by Russ on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 8:02 PM