Rumor: Pluto getting RIFd
By pmonday on Aug 14, 2006
Thinking about the plight of Pluto, it occurs to me that there are probably not a lot of opportunities for a rock that made its way quickly up the Universe's coorporate ladder. After all, consider that shortly after discovery, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, Pluto became our 9th planet.
Fortunately, if Pluto does get let go, it doesn't look like it will have to leave "Universe Co." altogether. It could apply to become a "rock", "asteroid" or even a "comet". There is still quite a bit of travel involved in being a "rock", "asteroid", or "comet". There are also benefits if Pluto can become a comet with its current work experience. With "comet" status, Pluto receives tail benefits.
Still, one wonders if Pluto has kept up with the current job market. I would expect that working for Universe Co. is a little like working for the government. Good pension plan lasting all the way until Unverse Co. eventual collapse and flying through space is not exactly the hardest thing...especially since Pluto probably had a jump start from the Big Bang. Now, imagine being a rock on our planet with all of that air and gravity to go through. Rocks on Earth can rarely stay afloat and their lifespan is much less than that of a space rock, like Pluto...our rocks eventually get weathered and worn and become pebbles or sand.
Well, let's hope that Pluto has honed those skills enough to be repurposed appropriately if it does in fact get RIFd.
On the other hand, it could all just be a rumor.