Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Plutonic Dialogue

This has been an action-filled week. The sequence of events so far.....


Aug 22, 2006
: At a meeting in Prague, the International Astronomy Union adopts guidelines that downgrade the status of Pluto, from a full blown planet to a mere ‘dwarf-planet’.

Aug 23, 2006: The School of Phenomenal and Powerful Memory swiftly responds with a resolution de-recognising the trusted mnemonic to remember the order of the planets in the Solar System (My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas). The new mnemonic is "My Very Exasperating Manager Just Served us Notice".

Aug 24, 2006: The Institute of Phonetic Fanatics issues press statement that the silent ‘m’ in the word ‘mnemonic’ will no longer remain silent and the word will be pronounced as ‘menomonic’.

Aug 25, 2006: The Association of Dyslexic Orthographers lodges protest with Press Council on the complicated and muddled spelling in the statement issued by the Institute of Phonetic Fanatics, the previous day. The Press Council rules in favour of the Orthographers and changes spelling as “The Institute of Fonetic Phanatics”.

Aug 26, 2006 : The Fonetic Phanatics and the Dyslexic Orthographers together take on the International Astronomical Union and ridicule the members for meeting in Prague- a place mispronounced as “Pra- ha”, in a country called Cizech Republic misspelt as Czech republic.

Aug 27, 2006 : At a meeting of the Grand Council of Inter-Galactic Matters, held at ZZzvt ( pronounced Swaha), a star located several hundred light-years away, astronomers decree that the insignificant little fireball in ‘ the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy’ referred to as Sol by some primitive, ape-descended inhabitants of the little blue green planet that orbits it- will no longer qualify as a star, as it fails to meet certain basic criteria..

6 comments:

Lalita Mukherjea said...

Lovely. Also hilarious. *applauds*

Usha said...

hehehehehhe....
oh btw, the french pronounce the m in mnemonic just as they pronounce the P in psychologie. They are fonetic phanatics you see.

Forget about the exasperated manager I'd like to know if it was the 9 pizzas your very educacted mother served that makes you so humoros( fonetik phanatik)

Shpriya said...

Talking about Pluto, what has the anon source close to Disney's top dog star got to say? "I think the whole thing is goofy!"

sunshine said...

was gonna mention mickey mouse too... but shpriya beat me to it!
great post!

Blue Moon said...

The commentary in Wired sent me here -- a worthwhile trip! Thanks for the laughs...

Raj said...

how cool it is to be featured in Wired! Way to go chennaikaran..