Deserved ReputationI know it's old news, but I came across this tidbit about the backlash to Pluto's demotion in Chemical & Engineering News (subscription required) and just had to share:
My favorite protest came from California Assemblyman Keith Richman, who introduced a resolution condemning IAU's reclassification of Pluto as "mean-spirited." Among the resolution's light-hearted declarations are that Pluto, "affectionately sharing the name of California's most famous animated dog, has a special connection to California history and culture" and "downgrading Pluto's status will cause psychological harm to some Californians who question their place in the universe." Richman managed to get 53 assembly members to sign on as coauthors.

Is it any wonder Californians have a reputation for being nuts?