Sunday, August 27, 2006

Planetary Mnemonics (Witty Commenters Needed)

Guest Post by Courtney

"My very excellent mother just served us nine pancakes."

Well, what do we do now?

The reclassification of Pluto from a major planet in the solar system to a dwarf planet has left the scientific and educational communities in turmoil. Aside from this revelation, which have left many of us scratching our heads, and muttering, "well, what IS it?", textbook companies, and software engineers are now scrambling to make revisions. And then there are the kids, who for years had the wonderful aforementioned mnemonic to help the remember the order of the the planets in our solar system.

For Ben Kranner, 13, of Madison, Wis., one fewer planet will require a new planetary mnemonic device. " 'My very excellent mother just served us nine pancakes' will become 'My very excellent mother just served us nine. . .," he said. "It doesn't make any sense." (source)

Well, Ben, I have the answer.

A caption contest for the new mnemonic. That's right folks, I'm leaving it for you to help the teachers and tutors of the world over find a new way to remember 8 simple things.� If Kottke can have one, well, having seen the immense talent of the captioners who visit this site, I'm sure you all can come up with SOME WAY to remember round things. Uranus jokes encouraged.

((Courtney can be found daily at her "Midvale School for the Gifted"))

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