Pluto is the Red Planet?

Eugene, Oregon
November 3, 2017 12:02pm CST
I was in my local Trader Joe's doing some shopping. On the frozen food aisle, I noticed that a little girl, maybe 11 years old was staring at me with big curious eyes. I came face to face with her and her mom on the next aisle. The little girl said, "Did you go to Pluto?" I had the t-shirt in the photo on. On the back is a winery photo. The place is called "Marsh-Anne Landing" (a mashup of the owners' names). I was a bit mystified at her question at first, but smiled and said it was about a winery. She said "Oh, I thought you were an astronaut." I decided not to correct her about Mars being known as the "red planet" and that Pluto is officially not a planet any longer. I did not want to embarrass her. I hope her mom knows and explains.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
3 Nov
Kids are so cute, I love the questions they ask so innocently.
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov
Yes, I couldn't imagine why she was staring at first.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
6 Nov
Kids make us see things with fresh eyes.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
6 Nov
@Genipher Very true.
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@JolietJake (49872)
• United States
3 Nov
Wait...the Russians own Pluto?
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov
Yeah, it was a gift from Trump to Putin.
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@Corbin5 (99843)
• United States
3 Nov
I am sure her mother understood. So cute she thought you were an astronaut!
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov
Yes, she was so wide-eyed it was funny.
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@sallypup (26320)
• Moses Lake, Washington
3 Nov
How cool. I know an astronaut. Pleased to meet you.
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov
That was so funny! She was just thrilled for a moment anyway.
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@sallypup (26320)
• Moses Lake, Washington
3 Nov
@JamesHxstatic You've been a good influence on the young yet again. How cool.
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov
@sallypup Well thanks, but I hope she finds out the correct info.
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@jaboUK (53408)
• United Kingdom
3 Nov
You are kind not to shoot her down in flames - it could have embarrassed her.
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov
That is what I thought too.
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@LadyDuck (147094)
• Switzerland
4 Nov
The little girl had no idea that Pluto is not a planet and nobody has reached distant planets. Men only landed on the moon.
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• Eugene, Oregon
4 Nov
Right, or that Mars is called the red planet. I hope she learns all that. It was cute though.
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@LadyDuck (147094)
• Switzerland
4 Nov
@JamesHxstatic At least she showed some interest.
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• Eugene, Oregon
5 Nov
@LadyDuck Yes, she may be an astronaut herself one day.
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@TRBRocks420 (73701)
• Banks, Oregon
4 Nov
lol that's funny. I think Pluto is back a planet again though, but yeah it's not red, it's a ice ball.
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• Eugene, Oregon
4 Nov
Oh it got promoted again?
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@TRBRocks420 (73701)
• Banks, Oregon
4 Nov
@JamesHxstatic Yeah, I think I remember after they did the fly by thing they let it become a planet again, but I might be wrong.
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• Eugene, Oregon
4 Nov
@TRBRocks420 That would be good!
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@teamfreak16 (40503)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Nov
You should have told her you were Buzz Aldrin!
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• Eugene, Oregon
5 Nov
I wonder is she would have recognized the name?
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@teamfreak16 (40503)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Nov
@JamesHxstatic - Probably not.
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@DeborahDiane (19955)
• Laguna Woods, California
3 Nov
@JamesHxstatic - I love it when kids are brave enough to blurt out their questions. I am glad you were encouraging to her!
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• Eugene, Oregon
4 Nov
I couldn't be otherwise really.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Nov
@JamesHxstatic - That's good to hear!
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@Bluedoll (17075)
• Canada
3 Nov
Did they actually want to can the Hubble Cam in the sky? And people said no? Bring back Pluto. We miss her.
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov
Too bad about Pluto. I am glad Hubble is still up there.
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@Bluedoll (17075)
• Canada
3 Nov
@JamesHxstatic It does capture some unbelievable selfies I'm glad we still have children too. They tell us what is important.
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@crossbones27 (18555)
• Redlands, California
5 Nov
Pretty neat story there, I do not care if she is wrong. Neat at her curiosity and bet a child like that will learn one way or another because she wants to find out what is right and not what people tell her. My outlook anyway. Thanks for sharing
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• Eugene, Oregon
5 Nov
I agree and hope that she keeps her curious.
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@responsiveme (14469)
• India
4 Nov
At least she was curious enough to ask...That is important...Sounds like a bright kid. In my years of teaching I find it is wanting to know that gets you ahead
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• Eugene, Oregon
4 Nov
Yes, it is good to ask questions.
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@RasmaSandra (16566)
• Riga, Latvia
3 Nov
That is cute glad you managed to get out of the situation.
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Nov
Yes, I hated to disappoint.
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@jstory07 (65314)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Nov
That is kind cute about the little girl.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
5 Nov
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• Dallas, Texas
6 Nov
, That's as funny as all get out.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Nov
Yes, she looked disappointed when I told her it was a winery. (Marsh-Anne Landing).
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• Dallas, Texas
6 Nov
@JamesHxstatic , Well that sounds a bit like a play on words that any kid would be likely to misinterpret. Funny though. I had to laugh on this one.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Nov
@lookatdesktop Yes, it was a interesting encounter that made me smile.