Pluto's Demotion Starts Trend
Adam Baum is a raving correspondent for Peacework Magazine.
GENEVA — The International Almanac Society, a Geneva-based organization made up of the world’s leading calendar experts, has voted to downgrade February to a “dwarf month.”
“It’s only 28 days, or 29 in a leap year,” said Miranda Wright, the Society’s president. “After years of study, consensus emerged among our members that February isn’t really a full-fledged month,” she said. “For the time being, though, we will leave it on the calendar.”
The Almanac Society’s decision followed by a day a move at the World Spectrographic Convention to drop indigo from the list of major colors. “No one takes indigo seriously,” said Carol Ina North, the group’s spokesperson.
“ROY G BIV lives no longer. We endorse the new mnemonic, ‘Roll Out Your Great Big Viola’ as an alternative,” North said.
The International Astronomical Union is holding to its decision to remove Pluto from the list of planets.
At the White House, a high-level Bush Administration official said plans to eliminate the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution are likely to be announced soon.
“Some people seem to think the Bill of Rights has to have ten amendments,” he said, “but the fourth one, dealing with search and seizure, is just taking up valuable space we need for Homeland Security measures.”
The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said the White House is objecting to proposals to eliminate the letter “w” from the alphabet and instead use two “u”s.“ We don’t see the merit in complaints the letter is redundant,” he said.