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Long Awkward Pause readers are hip, informed and intelligent people. Because this is true, you like to Science, and I've been assigned an article to expand your universe. At least to bring space to your place. So I'm about to get all Neil deGrasse Tyson here. Maybe you thought by reading the title that this post would feature boobs. I just said, 'boobs,' so there you go.

Knows how to science

Knows how to science

Onward... you, bright reader, have noted the huge coverage of space and space-related things in the news lately. In fact, we're apparently managing to discover more planets than the Republican Party is creating candidates. Or more planets than emails that Hillary Clinton has or has not sent. Whatever. Either way, this is more interesting than politics.


I’d rather do Neil

Pluto is huge news. Well, relatively speaking. At least we’ve nailed down that it’s the largest object out past Neptune as far as we know. Pluto edged out Eris, another plutoid (see what being king of the dwarf planets gets you?), for having the most size. This made Pluto feel a bit better after being demoted from planet status. Word has it, though, that when NASA informed Pluto that it was no longer a planet because it wasn’t big enough, Pluto came back with, “Your mom thought I was big enough.”

Complete with Hello Kitty heart

Complete with Hello Kitty heart

In fact, there is more and more shit scattered out there with Pluto than we ever imagined. The powers that be have set to naming them all, and frankly I think we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel. Makemake? Haumea? And then Quaoar. I need a class on how to pronounce, Quaoar. Three words: Two. Freaking. Consonants. No offense to Polynesians, y’all. And in my opinion, Orcus sounds like a lame metal band from Florida.  I’m thinking that ‘2007 OR’ we should just name ‘Steve.’  When we find more, we could go with ‘Barry’ and then ‘Phil.’

Where did this shit come from?

Where did this shit come from?

Here in the solar system, we’ve found out that even Mercury has water, Mars and Titan (Saturn’s moon) might have organic stuff on them, and Jupiter has kick-ass moons. One comes with volcanoes, another with an underground ocean, sort of. While Jupiter and Saturn have a brag-off about their moons, Uranus is enjoying a well-deserved break from being the literal butt of all solar system jokes. I won’t bother driving that joke home – you all don’t need poked to get it.

Don't... say... it

Don’t… say… it

Boobs?  Not so much.  Informative?  You be the judge.



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22 Comments on Heavenly Bodies

  1. Thank you for talking about Pluto. Last night while driving home, the illustrious NDT did a fu interview on 60 minutes. NDT’s decision to agree to eject Pluto from our solar system drew criticism. A kid of about 11 wrote a scathing letter regarding it. If I didn’t have an empty bladder, I would have peed myself. What a down to Earth (no pun intended) person. He looks up in the sky every day. So do I. That is the only thing we have in common. Thank you for posting about Science. L.


  2. It’s about freakin’ time SOMEBODY addressed the issues of Pluto, Quaoar, Hilary’s emails, Republican candidates and poor, hapless Uranus, all in one breath! I hope you address black holes and Big Bang Theory in upcoming installments. Bravo for a universe-expanding article!


  3. Come to think of it, Republican candidates are a lot like planet, with a few of them considered dwarf candidates not worthy of being included in the debates, where nine “real” candidates will be orbiting the sun-haired The Donald, trying to stay far enough not to get scorched or consumed but close enough to not lose their base and get left out in the cold political vacuum.


  4. Pluto is the king of comebacks! Pluto for president!


  5. I Think I saw Orcus open for Creed in Daytona ’round 2008.

    I agree with you in regards to the odd names for new planets and such. I am just happy they aren’t going the way of civic centers. Planet Comcast, Planet Microsoft, Planet Walmart, etc.

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  6. Every year, when people ask what I’d like for my birthday, I say I’d like to have Pluto reinstated as a planet. Every year, I go disappointed.


  7. Publicly admitting to the consumption of Coors Light invalidates all your assertions, sir.


  8. How is Coors Light like making love in a canoe?

    Because it’s fucking close to water.

    Told that one to a representative from a local microbrewery last night and he laughed his ass off. He gave me free beer. Real beer. It was amazing.


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