Actually, today isn't Pluto's birthday. It's the day in 1930 that Clyde Tombaugh, then a young researcher at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered the moving object we came to know and love as Pluto -- our 9th planet.
In a hauntingly prophetic moment, on August 24, 2006, Pluto got laid off when the International Astronomical Union presented its definition of a planet. Sadly, that definition excluded Pluto and the little guy was reclassified as a member of a new category called dwarf planet. Upon reclassification, Pluto was added to the list of minor planets and given the number 134340.
I guess we weren't paying attention back in 2006.
If Pluto, the darling of the solar system could get laid off, why on earth -- so to speak -- didn't we figure out that by January, 2009, 7.6% of the working people in this country would be jobless?
I'm still rooting for Pluto's return to the planetary line up. Hopefully when he does return he'll be able to keep his old #9 jersey. In the meantime, I understand he's in an employment readiness program trying to straighten out his orbit.
Once Pluto gets back on the job, I think things will straighten out for the rest of us, too.