A New Way To Learn About The Solar System

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"My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants” - This is not the title of a new fiction story, but rather a nnemonic (helps you remember), created by 4th-Grader Maryn Smith, winner of the National Geographic "Planet Contest".

The contest was sponsored in response to the fact that scientists now believe there are eleven planets in our solar system instead to the original nine. The two new ones, Ceres and Erin, as well as Pluto, are now considered "dwarf" planets.

Maryn's entire 4th grade class at Riverview Elementary School in Great Falls, Montana decided to enter the contest. Other entries from her class were "My Very Extraordinary Mother Carrie Just Served Us Nine Pizzas Each " and "My Very Extraordinary Mother Can Jog Superly Under Nasty Particular Elves".

Mary says the inspiration for her slogan - "My (Mercury) very (VENUS) exciting (EARTH) magic (MARS) carpet (CERES) just (JUPITER) sailed (SATURN) under (URANUS) nine (NEPTUNE) palace (PLUTO) elephants (ERIS)" - came from the story "Aladdin".

Mary's reward for her efforts includes a tote bag filled with books, a National Geographic tee shirt and hat, toys and other merchandise. Also, her name and the slogan will be featured in a new National Geographic book about the planets entitled - "11 Planets, A New View of the Solar System" by David Aguilar. And that's not all - there are rumors that it will also be recorded into a song by American singer, songwriter and actress, Lisa Loeb.

Of course, the icing on the cake is that kids all across America and even the world will be memorizing her catchy slogan!

sources: Nationalgeographic.com, examiner.com

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45 Comments
  • tabout 10 years
    This is boring
    • The awesomeover 10 years
      The reason why there more planets in the solar system than we learned in school is because they're planets in the solar system called dwarf planets which are smaller than regular planets. for all I know, the number of planets may be around the number of 15
      • jover 10 years
        cool
        • caleover 10 years
          Awesome
          • robbyawesome
            robbyawesomeover 10 years
            sup
            • meover 10 years
              very cool -.-
              • faithover 10 years
                cool dude
                • lane over 10 years
                  cool
                  • laneover 10 years
                    so so so so so so cool :)
                    • Lesleyover 11 years
                      At my school,,my teacher is making us do a report about any thing based on science so I am doing it about the Solar System.