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News of the Week: Pluto Is a Planet, and Mary Poppins Is Back, but White Chocolate Still Isn’t Chocolate

The dwarf planet, Pluto, in space
The dwarf planet, Pluto, in space(Shutterstock)

Scientists Are Indignant, and They’re Not Going to Take It Anymore

As youngsters, we have been taught that Pluto was one of the ten planets, together with Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Vulcan. Then a number of years in the past, Pluto’s “planet” designation was taken away by the Worldwide Astronomical Union, which I guess throws some wild events. They began calling it a “dwarf planet” as a result of it didn’t meet the new standards for what a planet ought to be, which incorporates the rule that a planet must “clear the neighborhood,” which means it ought to be large enough and be in an orbit that may permit it to knock different area particles out of the approach.

But now, a number of specialists, together with College of Central Florida planetary physicist Philip Metzger, say that two centuries of analysis present that Pluto meets all of the requirements of what a planet ought to be, regardless of what “new” guidelines the IAU tries to slap on it, and it by no means ought to have been downgraded in any respect.

This isn’t the first time that scientists have needed to make Pluto a planet once more. We informed you simply final yr that NASA was interested by it. But now it looks like it’s actually going to occur. #PlutoIsAPlanet

It’s not the sort of factor that you simply and I cared about, of course. To you and me, Pluto will all the time be a planet. Additionally a lovable, animated Disney canine.

Mary Poppins Returns 

So much of individuals assume that the new Mary Poppins film is a remake of the unique. Truly, it’s a sequel. It stars Emily Blunt in the iconic position first performed by Julie Andrews. It additionally stars Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and … Dick Van Dyke! He’s enjoying the son of a character he portrayed in the unique — not Bert, the jack-of-all-trades, but Mr. Dawes Sr., the previous banker. Right here’s the trailer:

“Alexa, Ship Me a Live Christmas Tree”

I consider that in the future individuals won’t ever depart the home once more. There shall be no want. You possibly can already work at home in lots of instances, you’ll be able to financial institution and pay payments on-line, and every thing you may have to reside — meals, clothes, leisure — you should purchase on Amazon. At some point, Amazon will present us with our spouses and our youngsters (although you’ll in all probability have to be a Prime member for that).

This week the on-line retail big introduced that they’re going to be promoting stay Christmas timber beginning this vacation season. They’ll be seven ft tall, and they’ll ship on to your door. Positive, it can take away the enjoyable of going to the lot with your loved ones and choosing out the one you need, the one that appears good, but hey, it’s simply a click on away!

The timber will go on sale in November and the firm says they’ll ship them inside 10 days of being minimize down.

Toy Corridor of Fame Nominees

Chalk isn’t a toy.

Nevertheless it’s one of the nominees for this yr’s Toy Corridor of Fame, together with American Woman Dolls, Chutes and Ladders, Fisher-Worth Corn Popper, Magic eight Ball, Masters of the Universe toys, pinball, the sled, Tic-Tac-Toe, Tickle Me Elmo, Tudor Electrical Soccer, and UNO. A committee will decide the prime three contenders, but followers can vote for an additional toy and get it added to the finalist record, too.

In addition to chalk, which might be a bizarre selection, I’m additionally not going to vote for Tic-Tac-Toe (which is extra of a recreation that doesn’t even exist till we create it on paper), Masters of the Universe toys (which I used to be too previous for and don’t actually get), or electrical soccer, which was all the time maddening to play (and I don’t imply John Madden). I’m voting for the Magic eight ball, pinball, and the sled.

Soccer Participant Retires (Mid-Recreation)

We’ve been seeing extra and extra skilled and novice athletes retiring early of their careers for well being or household causes. However it’s very uncommon that they’ll retire mid-game.

That’s what Buffalo Payments cornerback Vontae Davis did final Sunday. He launched a assertion saying that he realized at halftime he “shouldn’t be out there anymore” and that he “meant no disrespect to teammates and coaches,” although that’s what a lot of his teammates assume it’s. Davis says he needs to stroll away from the recreation whereas he’s nonetheless wholesome.

Truly, this seems like a good concept. I’ve determined to retire in the center of this column. Thanks for every thing, everybody!

Invoice Geist Retires (The Common Means)

Okay, I’m again. I couldn’t stand these 30 seconds of retirement. Drove me loopy.

I informed you final week about CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Invoice Geist’s retirement. The present ran a tribute to Geist on Sunday that appeared again at 31 years of quirky individuals and humorous street journeys.

There aren’t many individuals on TV who can do what Geist did in the method that he did it, and he’s going to be missed.

RIP Peter Donat, Marin Mazzie, Andre Blay, and Alan Abel

Peter Donat was a veteran actor who appeared in quite a few TV exhibits and films, but he’s in all probability greatest recognized for enjoying Fox Mulder’s father on The X-Information. He died final week at the age of 90.

Marin Mazzie was an award-winning Broadway star who appeared in such exhibits as Ragtime, Man of La Mancha, Ardour, and Kiss Me, Kate. She additionally appeared on many TV exhibits, together with Still Standing (she performed Kevin Nealon’s spouse). She died final week at the age of 57.

For those who ever watched films on videocassette, you will have Andre Blay to thank. He modified the leisure business when he got here up with the concept. Blay died final month at the age of 81.

Alan Abel was a infamous prankster who fooled the world a number of occasions over the years with numerous massive hoaxes. He even satisfied The New York Occasions that he had died in 1980, which the new, actual obituary in the paper factors out in a intelligent means. Abel died final week at the age of 94.

This Week in Historical past

Agatha Christie Born (September 15, 1890)

In 1926, the thriller author vanished with out a hint for a number of days. Right here’s how the Submit coated the story.

Billie Jean King Beats Bobby Riggs (September 20, 1973)

Simply a couple of months after King and Riggs performed their “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match at the Houston Astrodome, they appeared collectively on an episode of The Odd Couple.

This Week in Saturday Night Submit Historical past: Daydreaming Ladies (September 19, 1959)

Daydreaming Women by Constanin Alajalov

Daydreaming Ladies
Constanin Alajalov

The Publish in all probability couldn’t put this Constantin Alajálov portray on its cowl at the moment. No less than not the panel on the left. Are you able to think about the outcry? We might be accused of not supporting ladies of their careers, being old style, wanting to maintain ladies in the kitchen. None of these issues can be true, of course, but individuals would misread it (and utterly ignore the panel on the proper) and convey their very own agenda to it, and somebody would create a hashtag that may go viral on Twitter. And cable information channels would do 90 segments on it, with specialists and pundits, both sides yelling at one another by way of these tiny packing containers that litter the display.

Quote of the Week

Maybe you missed the huge Sesame Road controversy this week. Fortunate you! (Till this second, that’s.) Mark Saltzman, a former author for the present, stated that he all the time felt that longtime roommates Bert and Ernie have been homosexual. But not so quick! One of the males who created the characters, Frank Oz, says that isn’t true in any respect. Sesame Workshop, the firm that produces the present, launched this assertion:

Please see our most up-to-date assertion relating to Bert and Ernie under.

— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) September 18, 2018


If Bert or Ernie have been on Fb, their relationship standing can be “It’s Complicated.”

White Chocolate Deserves Respect

Tomorrow is Nationwide White Chocolate Day, and the very first thing we have now to say, of course, is that white chocolate isn’t actually chocolate in any respect (it doesn’t include chocolate solids). The second factor we’ve to say is that some individuals, even pastry cooks, consider that we should always contemplate white chocolate “chocolate” as a result of it’s all constructed from the similar base.

At any price, white chocolate doesn’t get that a lot respect. It’s the Rodney Dangerfield of chocolate. Nobody talks about white chocolate, you don’t exit and purchase white chocolate sweet bars, and the solely time most individuals have white chocolate throughout the yr is on particular events or holidays (and even then it’s an afterthought). I really like the style, but admit that I not often assume of shopping for it.

But let’s put it in some recipes, together with these White Chocolate Blondies from AllRecipes, this White Chocolate Scorching Cocoa with Coconut and Rum from Martha Stewart, and these White Chocolate Buckeyes.

I additionally got here up with these Black and White Oatmeal Cookies, that are a variation on the basic Toll Home cookie. If you would like, you possibly can simply use all white chocolate chips as an alternative of utilizing each milk chocolate and white chocolate, but you then’d have to vary the recipe’s identify.

Subsequent Week’s Holidays and Occasions

Fall Begins (September 22)

If you wish to be exact about this stuff, it begins at 9:54 p.m. EDT.

Hobbit Day (September 22)

Yup, it’s a actual vacation, and it celebrates the birthdays of the fictional characters Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. It’s half of Tolkien Week, in honor of writer J.R.R. Tolkien.

Right here’s a joke: If Chuck Norris starred in a single of the Lord of the Rings films, what would the title be? 

A Drive of Hobbit.

Be happy to make use of that joke on Hobbit Day.


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