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Cracking jokes about Uranus makes you look like an…

2 Jun 2013, 14:30 UTC
Cracking jokes about Uranus makes you look like an…
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It never fails: every time someone publishes new research or even mentions the planet Uranus, many people feel inclined to make jokes. The same jokes. Yet, those same people will also act like nobody has ever seen the “anus” part of the planet’s name before. Like a political writer seeing the same jokes about Anthony […]

The planet Uranus as seen by Voyager 2 about a week after its flyby. Click the image for more information on how the image was created. [Credit: NASA / JPL / Emily Lakdawalla]It never fails: every time someone publishes new research or even mentions the planet Uranus, many people feel inclined to make jokes. The same jokes. Yet, those same people will also act like nobody has ever seen the “anus” part of the planet’s name before. Like a political writer seeing the same jokes about Anthony Weiner’s name, I’m feeling a little worn out. And as with Weiner, the humor relies on mispronouncing the name.* I mean, at least try, people! I know I don’t have a sense of humor, but I expect a little creativity from jokes.
The other associated complaint is that by mocking the name Uranus, you end up missing ...

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