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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Lots of April Fools’ Day Gags

As they have become famous for, ThinkGeek.com rolled out a bunch of “new” products today. Unfortunately they’re all April Fools’ Day jokes. The one we’re most upset over? The Klingon Rosetta Stone. Because seriously, I’ve always wanted to learn Klingon. But also, the Unicorn Drinking Horn (pictured above) should go into production immediately. Only larger. Much larger. 

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Dammit Jim!

Despite Public Support, One of Pluto’s Moons Will Not Be Called Vulcan

The polls set up by the SETI Institute to name the two moons of Pluto have been closed, and, unfortunately, neither moon will be called Vulcan.  When the SETI institute wrapped up the polls back in February to name the two moons that had been discovered in 2011 and 2012, the name Vulcan had 175,000 votes, with Cerberus, or Kerberos, in second place with 99,432, and Styx in third.  Unfortunately, despite the fact that William Shatner convinced so many people to vote for the trekkie title for one of the moons, SETI overruled the poll.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Have an Out of this World Night’s Sleep Under this Astronaut Duvet Cover

Tony Stark expresses my feelings on this astronaut duvet cover by Dutch company Snurk (“For Horizontal Living”) rather nicely. (Boing Boing)

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It Came From Outer Space

SETI Asks the Internet to Name Pluto’s Smallest Moons, Is Probably Already Inundated With Meme-Related Write-Ins

…But the names have to be related to Greek mythology, specifically to Hades (or, as the Romans knew him, Pluto) and the underworld. And no, the fact that listening to NyanCat for too long makes one want to die doesn’t count.

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so long and thanks for all the fish

R.I.P. Patsy Tombaugh, Pluto’s Crusader

While we readily admit to nostalgic sympathy with the tiny planetoid known as Pluto, when the International Astronomical Union gets together and finally puts a definition on “planet,” well… that’s science.

Okay, it’s not so much research and hypothesis as much as it is classification and taxonomy, but without the latter the former would be a lot more difficult. Folks on the losing side of the Pluto debate weren’t wrong in their research… they just wanted a larger definition. Last week, the small planetoid lost one of its big supporters, Patsy Tombaugh.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: David Tennant In A Chair

Some days you just need to see David Tennant in a chair. Those days end in Y. (via Facebook) Don’t worry, we saw more than just David Tennant in a chair today… 

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