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March 20, 2011

IAU Declares February No Longer a Month - Funny Article

In leiu of our recent discussion about Pluto being officially taken off the list of planets, I thought it would be funny to share this article entitled "Astronomers Declare February No Longer a Month" written by Michael Haber. In the article, he pokes fun at the IAU for making Pluto a dwarf planet. He creates a fake scenario in which the IAU takes February off the list of official months because it is "too short".

From the article;
“It only seems fair,” said IAU President Ron Eckers. “February reaches a peak size of 29 days, averaging only 28 days for 75 percent of the time. Recent research has shown that other periods, such as the Time Between When You Were Supposed to Get Your Oil Changed and When You Actually Did, often exceed this meager time frame. In fact, this erratic behavior only strengthens our case that February does not belong in the same classification as the eleven ‘true’ months.”

I can't help but think that Haber is probably a supporter of Pluto as a planet, as he mocks the recent decision of the IAU to take it off the list. This article is probably more humorous for other supporters of Pluto as a planet as well, and may be not funny at all to those who support the decision of the IAU. Nonetheless, it is interesting to see the different reactions about Pluto's new status, and it will probably continue to spark different reactions for centuries to come.

Here's the link to the article;
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/03/07/astronomers-declare-february-no-longer-a-month/

Posted by alymro at March 20, 2011 12:35 AM

Comments

I also just found this using stumpleupon.com. This billboard is just another way people have expressed their opinion about Pluto as a dwarf planet.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1o2Bjv/www.shof.msrcsites.co.uk/pluto.jpg

Posted by: alymro at March 20, 2011 03:15 AM

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