Poor Pluto

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Episode 29/1x029
Poor Pluto

Being half the size of Antarctica just couldn't have helped...

Blogger Bree
Date Posted September 5th, 2006
URL youtube.com
Forum 15|3=lg15}}
Length 1:55
Description Pluto isn't a planet? I had to make a video about that! I can really understand not fitting in...
Location(s) Bree's bedroom
YouTube Tags LG15 lonelygirl15 pluto planet orbit galaxy school home mean teacher cephalopod
Production Credits
Executive Producer(s) Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders, and Greg Goodfried
Producer(s) Miles Beckett
Director(s) Mesh Flinders and Miles Beckett
Vidplay Mesh Flinders
Story Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders, Greg Goodfried, and Amanda Goodfried
Editor(s) Miles Beckett
Bree Jessica Lee Rose
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Poor Pluto is the twenty-ninth video in the lonelygirl15 video series. It could be considered a part of the Proving Science Wrong series.


Bree: (holding up a pair of scissors) For today's "Proving Science Wrong" I turned Daniel into a pair of scissors. (Bree opens and closes the scissors three times) I just decided I needed scissors more than I needed someone reading a magazine on my bed. (Bree holds up a mobile, apparently of the solar system) Remember these? Well it's time to snip off Pluto. (she does) (cut to her holding up the picture of Pluto to the camera) Being half the size of Antarctica just couldn't've helped, and then there was the question of all that unorthodox orbiting. (short section in fast-forward during which Bree appears to be lecturing to the picture of Pluto: "Around here we orbit the sun in a perfect circle or we don't orbit at all.") Pluto is no longer a planet. Ceres? Xena? UB 313?! These are Pluto's new friends. Do they sound like the kids that you want to eat lunch with? No way! So today instead of proving science wrong we're gonna help Pluto adjust to his new peer group. First thing you're gonna have to learn to deal with: rings. I know a couple of your old friends had 'em. Saturn, Jupiter, but you're gonna have to accept that these new friends of yours don't have rings. As you probably know, I've been home schooled most of my life, and then I went to high school. During my first week there I had this teacher that I really liked and he was really into stars and I love stars, so I asked a lot of questions. So pretty soon, kids started saying that I thought I was so-o-o-o smart or something, and I told myself that I didn't care and (sighs) then they started saying that I was from a star. I kept asking questions. So finally they stopped calling me "Stargirl" and they stopped saying that I thought that I was smart, and instead they started saying that I was...doing something with my teacher. And that's when I stopped asking questions about stars.


  • It has been speculated that this video alludes to the work of H.P. Lovecraft, albeit quite vaguely. Pluto and Antarctica both play a prevailant role in the Cthulhu mythos, and the "cephalopod" tag was taken by some as an allusion to the character Cthulhu. Bree mentions that she was accused of being "from a star" - aliens are also a common motif in the fiction of Lovecraft. LonesomeOctober, who at first was believed to be official by many, furthered this speculation.
  • A few weeks before this video was released, the International Astronomical Union adopted a new defintion of the word "planet" that no longer included Pluto.
  • Ceres is the largest object in the astroid belt and was designated a dwarf planet along with Pluto.
  • "Xena" was the nickname of a trans-Neptunian object, UB-313, discovered in 2005, that was slightly larger than Pluto. Speculation at the time was that "Xena" would be named a new planet. Instead, the scientific community classified both "Xena" and Pluto as dwarf planets. The official name for "Xena," Eris, was assigned to it on September 13th, 2006, just a week after this episode aired, and on the same day that Yousef Abu-Taleb was revealed to be the person playing Daniel.
  • Though Bree refers to "Xena" and UB-313 separately, they are actually the same object.