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‘Truthiness’ December 11, 2006

Posted by O.J. in News, Oddly Enough.
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The word of the year for 2006 is “truthiness”.

“Truthiness” was credited to Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert, who defined it as “truth that comes from the gut, not books.”

“We’re at a point where what constitutes truth is a question on a lot of people’s minds, and truth has become up for grabs,” said Merriam-Webster president John Morse. “`Truthiness’ is a playful way for us to think about a very important issue.”

Colbert first uttered “truthiness” during an October 2005 broadcast of “The Colbert Report,” his parody of combative, conservative talk shows.

Other Top 10 finishers included “war,” “insurgent,” “sectarian” and “corruption.” But “truthiness” won 5-to-1.

Bye Bye Pluto August 27, 2006

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Solar System

We all grew up with the “fact” that 9 Planets make up our Solar System.  I can still remember as a young child in school having to memorize the names of each planet in order.  I guess the next generation of kids will have it easier as they now only have to memorize 8 planets.  That’s right….eight! 

The International Astronomical Union very recently decided to demote Pluto as Planet and issued new historic guidlines as to what is and what isn’t a Planet. Will all mention of Pluto be removed from textbooks? Will planetarium and museum exhibits be reworked to show eight planets instead of nine?