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
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