Appropriately Inappropriate.

It’s Uranus Day!

You might be thinking I just pulled that out of my ass but really it was on March 13th, 1781 that Sir William Herschel first observed an undiscovered planet beyond the orbit of Saturn. Finding Uranus was not easy. Herschel had to get up before the crack of dawn and look deeply into the nooks and crannies of the night sky. At first he thought what he’d spotted was a comet because the idea of another planet all the way up there seemed ridiculous. Other astronomers who probed the sky had seen Uranus and assumed it was a star or comet. It took almost two years of analysis and scrutiny before Herschel himself acknowledged that he’d discovered Uranus. The name for the new planet was also not accepted for almost seventy years because astronomers kept laughing every time someone asked if they’d been looking at Uranus, but it’s been the butt of jokes ever since.

And what better way to celebrate this day of Uranus than with a trip to historic Uranus, Missouri? If you want to know how to get to Uranus all you have to do is take the Herschel Highway. If you don’t get that joke find an astronomer or a thirteen-year old boy to explain it to you after they stop laughing.

 

6 Comments

  1. mydangblog

    My son told me yesterday that he got 100% on his Classical Mythology midterm and I said, “Well done–I guess you pulled that out of Uranus.” He responded with an emoji like this: ;-; Apparently it’s a cringe-y reaction to a bad pun.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Well that is a pretty cringe-worthy pun but at the same time you should never pass up a chance to use Uranus.

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  2. Ann Koplow

    Asstonishing and asstounding, ass usual.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      And ass always thank you for stopping by to comment on Uranus.

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  3. Arionis

    LOL! You can never go wrong with Uranus jokes. Although would it be considered bad form if you are in a planetarium and you keep interrupting the speaker with said jokes? I’m asking for a friend.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      All I can say is that the next time I go to a planetarium I want to go with your friend. And I think it would be in worse taste to pass up a chance to make jokes about Uranus.

      Reply

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