RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that as Pluto passes overhead through Illinois’ night skies, that it be reestablished with full planetary status, and that March 13, 2009 be declared “Pluto Day” in the State of Illinois in honor of the date its discovery was announced in 1930.
It’s odd that a state legislature would do such a thing without some tie, so taking a page from Ohio’s book (the state claiming the be the “birthplace of flight” because the Wright brothers were born there), they add the following to the bill:
WHEREAS, Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of the planet Pluto, was born on a farm near the Illinois community of Streator
WHEREAS, Dr. Tombaugh is so far the only Illinoisan and only American to ever discover a planet; and
Whoa! Stop the presses. Dr. Tombaugh is the only American to discover a planet? Really? How about Googling the following: Debra Fischer, Geoffrey Marcy and R. Paul Butler. I’m sure there’s others as well. This is the same body our illustrious President derived all that great experience from….”present”. Maybe they thought it was the Pluto pictured left.