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Why wasn't I informed? [Dec. 3rd, 2003|11:36 pm]
Just me.
Did you know we now have a fifth ocean?

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/oo.html

It's not quite like the shock I got in junior high or high school when I discovered "they" had added two new Kingdoms (Fungi and Monera) to the 3 I'd grown up with, or my father's shock in discovering rabbits had been separated from the rodent classification, but it's up there.
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[User Picture]From: rimrunner
2003-12-03 11:58 pm (UTC)
Hell, I didn't know rabbits were no longer rodents.

When did that happen?
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2003-12-04 01:07 am (UTC)
The pineapple is a berry.
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From: ex_futch238
2003-12-05 11:52 am (UTC)

ripley's believe it or else

fire is a liquid
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[User Picture]From: rimrunner
2003-12-04 09:34 am (UTC)
And tomatoes are a fruit.

I must have missed the rabbit memo.
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[User Picture]From: the_autoclave
2003-12-04 09:44 am (UTC)
but also (clearly) a vegetable.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-12-04 12:12 am (UTC)

family myth- busted!

Wow- I always assumed it had happened in my dad's lifetime; as the story is told, he found out in his 30's or 40's and complained "No one told me! Why wasn't I informed?", as if it was the duty of some poor sap in the scientific community to hunt my dad down and tell him when they changed it, since he wasn't paying attention.

Well, I'd never bothered to research it until you mentioned it:

There are actually many differences and Lagomorpha was separated from Rodentia in 1912.

My conclusion: my Dad must have had really old textbooks when he was a boy.



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[User Picture]From: rimrunner
2003-12-04 09:37 am (UTC)

Re: family myth- busted!

"Lagomorph" makes it sound like some kind of lycanthrope.

This is one of those things I was probably told in science class, but forgot in the wake of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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[User Picture]From: the_autoclave
2003-12-04 09:46 am (UTC)

Re: family myth- busted!

a few years ago there were moves to disband the idea of rodent altogether, except for fairly closely related species. the argument was that there was simply convergence of features as different species had evolved to fill similar roles.
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[User Picture]From: shoutingboy
2003-12-04 12:11 am (UTC)

Well, if it's any comfort...

A lot of astronomers no longer regard Pluto as a planet, but they've pretty much given up on the idea of changing its classification. Too many people know about the "nine planets" for it to be worth fighting now.

So there are limits to what they'll do.
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From: ex_futch238
2003-12-05 11:54 am (UTC)

Re: Well, if it's any comfort...

I thought a new (and to my knowledge unnamed) planet had been discovered beyond Pluto? I was just asking someone yesterday whatever happened with that discovery.
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[User Picture]From: orobouros
2003-12-04 12:15 am (UTC)
I think the new ocean must have been formed when a comet struck the earth, knocking a chunk of it into space, and forming our third moon.
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2003-12-04 12:28 am (UTC)
Holy crap, I'm a moon behind! Never heard of Cruithne. Why isn't that a band name yet?
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2003-12-04 12:38 am (UTC)
Wait, wait, it's not a moon after all. Just more man-made junk.
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2003-12-04 01:12 am (UTC)
I could swear that I saw an "Antarctic Ocean" labeled on a map once when I was a kid.

And I was taught that there were four kingdoms (animals, plants, monerans and protists) and that Fungi was later separated from plants and made its own kingdom.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-12-04 04:25 pm (UTC)

3 vs 4 kingdoms...

You are younger than me, thus you got 4 kingdoms. Or maybe your textbooks were less decreipt than ours?

(Abe Simpson voice)"When I was a boy, we only had 2 kingdoms, and one of them was "rocks". And we liked it that way."
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[User Picture]From: aldoushuxley
2003-12-04 04:42 am (UTC)
And there was, for a little while, a sixth Great Lake. The senator from Vermont got Congress to designate Lake Champlain as one of the Great Lakes to qualify for some government program, and the Senator from Michigan later got the designation removed.
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[User Picture]From: puddinhed
2003-12-04 04:45 am (UTC)
i wonder why they didn't call it the "antarctic ocean".
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[User Picture]From: the_autoclave
2003-12-04 09:51 am (UTC)

spermy mushroom cloud

that's how i once described the shape of antarctica, and everyone in the room laughed at me (not with, AT). but the CIA have proved me right.
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From: ex_futch238
2003-12-05 11:51 am (UTC)
Lara 7 EDUCATOR!

Have you killed GI Jane yet, or has Mr. Goodbar beaten you to it?
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