So Pluto's officially no longer a planet. Is that weird or what?
I actually think that it's kind of exciting. Not quite on the level of Galileo destroying the heliocentric theory, but still an important change in our understanding of the cosmos.
I've read/heard in several different stories the concern that the mnemonic device "My Very Educated Mother ..." won't work anymore for remembering the planets. Is this really that traumatic? Have we become so uncreative that we can't think of a new one, sans "P"? Surely they could turn the creation of a new mnemonic device into a reality TV show. Contestants battle it out to have their phrase win and be memorized by American gradeschoolers for decades to come. (I would say "time immemorial," but we've just learned that these things are not, in fact, set in stone.)
It's fascinating to realize how little we really understand not only our world, but the galaxy and greater cosmos.
I just hope that politicians don't start arguing that this is another sign of easier grading and dumbing down the curriculum to improve test scores.