Thursday, September 16, 2010

You hear what happened to Pluto? That's messed up.*

The other day at work Pam randomly asked if I knew the colors of the rainbow. As though I had prepared for this I went off and this conversation followed:

Me: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
Pam: What's the saying? How did you remember that?
Me: I don't know any saying.
Pam: Am I the only person who doesn't know the colors of the rainbow?!
Me: Who asked you about this?
Pam: The CEO.
Me: Oh, yeah I just picture a rainbow in my head.
Pam: You can picture a rainbow in your head?
Me: (pause) Yeah, can't you?
Pam: No!
Me: (shrugging shoulders) Maybe I'm weird.

Turns out Pam has a cheat sheet, or rather 5 cheat sheets. She does the CEO's schedule in a different color everyday, but in the colors of the rainbow (colors=her idea, rainbow-CEO's). So she has 5 pages, in rainbow order, with Monday-Friday written across them.

This got me going about sayings my dad has to remember things like the planets (Mary's violet eyes make John...something for Saturn...please hold...googling...stay up late nights. Period). Of course, Pluto is gone now, well, still there just demoted. I think I've found the real reason why they took Pluto off of the planets list. He was messing up the sentence. My dad has something for the months too but neither Pam nor I can remember what it could be. So we googled that and for the first time I realized I never had the beginning memorized. I always thought it was "30 days past September." Which in retrospect doesn't make a lick of sense. For those who don't know it, it's:

30 days hath (or has) September
April, June, and November
All the rest have 31
Save February - the shortest one
28 is all it stores
til leap year gives it one more.

But there is also something with the knuckles I think. I've seen people doing it. Does anyone know the one I'm talking about?

Anyway, sorry to give you a glimpse into what a slow day looks like at work. At least we didn't super glue anything this time!


G Sauce said...

You aren't weird you just have a photographic memory.

Lildonbro said...

But other people can picture a rainbow in their heads too right?

When I told her I might be weird I was just trying to make her feel better :)

Ashley said...

Roy G. Biv is for the rainbow colors.

the knuckle thing is for how many days are in a month - nuckle is 31 valley is 30 (except for Feb.)

Lildonbro said...

Thanks Ashely! That one was bothering me.

Sarah said...

and the ROY. G. BIV is:
Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet...since you know, Indigo isn't the same as blue...I say that's stupid's just dark blue!

Lady Em said...

Okay, so the month thing I know goes...
30 Days hath September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have 31,
Leaving Febraury alone.
Which has 28 rain or shine.
And on Leap Year 29.

PS. You could always be like me. I refuse to demote Pluto. I'm not going to do it. EVER. PERIOD!

Lildonbro said...


Joanna & Ben said...

Psych...I love all the things to help remember stuff, even for reading music notes

Laurel Kornfeld said...

Planet Pluto is NOT gone. Only four percent of the IAU voted on the controversial demotion, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately opposed in a formal petition by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. One reason the IAU definition makes no sense is it says dwarf planets are not planets at all! That is like saying a grizzly bear is not a bear, and it is inconsistent with the use of the term “dwarf” in astronomy, where dwarf stars are still stars, and dwarf galaxies are still galaxies. Also, the IAU definition classifies objects solely by where they are while ignoring what they are. If Earth were in Pluto’s orbit, according to the IAU definition, it would not be a planet either. A definition that takes the same object and makes it a planet in one location and not a planet in another is essentially useless. Pluto is a planet because it is spherical, meaning it is large enough to be pulled into a round shape by its own gravity--a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium and characteristic of planets, not of shapeless asteroids held together by chemical bonds. These reasons are why many astronomers, lay people, and educators are either ignoring the demotion entirely or working to get it overturned. Find out more from my Pluto Blog at


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