|Why wasn't I informed?
||[Dec. 3rd, 2003|11:36 pm]
Did you know we now have a fifth ocean?|
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.
Hell, I didn't know rabbits were no longer rodents.
When did that happen?
The pineapple is a berry.
2003-12-05 11:52 am (UTC)
ripley's believe it or else
fire is a liquid
And tomatoes are a fruit.
I must have missed the rabbit memo.
but also (clearly) a vegetable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Holy crap, I'm a moon behind! Never heard of Cruithne
. Why isn't that a band name yet?
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.
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."
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.
i wonder why they didn't call it the "antarctic ocean".
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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