Saturday, May 7, 2011

Don't Cry for Me...or the Bomb-Sniffing Dogs!

On this day in 1919, Eva Perón was born. Also referred to as "Evita," she was a controversial figure as First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death 1952. Many people also know a (not-so-historical) version of her story from the musical Evita, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Angela Li is doing her impression of Perón on the left, and I think we would all prefer that she not start singing.

Today is also Astronomy Day, so get out there and check out the stars and planets. Ms. Barch has this recommendation, too:

Ms. Barch: Class, our planetarium trip has been canceled due to lack of funds, so your assignment tonight is to locate Orion the Hunter in the sky, then write an essay on why you think he needs to carry a weapon to feel like a man.

--episode 501, Fizz Ed

Today's discussion question: Should Pluto be considered a planet or not? Discuss.


Kemz said...

I think its only fair that pluto is considered a planet. Otherwise it will ruin the acronym that helps us remember the order of planets from the sun. 'My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming. ...' doesn't make sense!
And I'd love to hear ms Li sing evita. I think.

Anonymous said...

I remember reading somewhere that Pluto got demoted because it had an 'eccentric orbit' or somesuch. I'm pretty sure that would disqualify Uranus or Neptune (or both!) because I think I remember that one (or both!) of them also have eccentric orbits.

W. Owen Powell said...

Only if the next two planets beyond are named Mickey and Goofy.

(I can't actually claim credit for that one; Robert Anton Wilson uses that gag in his Schrödinger's Cat trilogy, among other places.)