(In 250 Words or Less)

SEPTEMBER 14, 2006
Word Count:243

“You in the front, you have a question?”

“Wesley Riker, Stargate Press. How can you possibly want to name Xena, Eris?”

“Eris is a perfect name! She’s the Greek Goddess of chaos and strife.”

“What does that have to do with naming a dwarf planet?”

“Look at the chaos and strife that caused. Object 2003 UB313-”


“Stop interrupting. Object 2003 UB313 was considered to be a dwarf planet. But since we realized it was bigger than Pluto, we had to re-examine what our definition of a planet was.”

“So what?”

“So what? Well Mr. Riker, we have other objects out there but they really don’t fall under the definition of what a planet is. Because of this we had to declassify Pluto. Look at all the controversy that caused. I’d say that Eris is a pretty darn good name. Next question?”

“Clancey Channing, Space Doctor Gazette. I also like Xena. Its an awesome name and its moon Gabrielle was a perfect fit.”

“Listen people, we’re not having a planetary body named after a leather clad Amazonian warrior princess and her little sidekick. You in the back. With the moustache. You have a question?”

“I have a name for Object 2003 UB313. I think you’ll agree my choice represents chaos and strife in the universe and also has a suitable sidekick.”

“I didn’t catch your name sir.”

“Me? Its Layton. Jack Layton from The NDP. I think you should rename them to Bush and Harper.”

“This press conference is over.”

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