Illinois Restores Pluto to Planet Status
Illinois is taking the planet back... the planet Pluto, that is. As the celestial body was discovered by a native of Illinois, the state was not amused to see it stripped of its status, demoted to "plutoid". Plutoid, indeed!
So, on March 13th, as Pluto soars across the Illinois night sky, it shall become a planet once more, at least in Illinois.
(New Mexico also claims Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh as a native son, as per the link above, though he was actually born on an Illinois farm)
In case you're wondering why Illinois wants to mix it up with the International Astronomical Union - the body responsible for Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet, or "plutoid" - the senate resolution notes that "Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of the planet Pluto, was born on a farm near the Illinois community of Streator".
Their confusion is obvious; they thought they were doling out justice, but they got confused because Pluto is just ice.
Hang on, though: could a fleet of spaceships hide behind it? If "yes", then, chances are, it should be considered a planet. Or maybe a very large forest moon. Never mind, I still think it's a cool resolution.
I will call Oprah now and check that she will devoting a whole show to this wondrous occurrence.