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
  • Tacosover 13 years
    CONGRADULATIONS
    • Tacosover 13 years
      You are the most intelligent 4th grader I have ever read about!
      • Tacos over 13 years
        You are the smartest 4th grader I've ever heard about. CONGRAGALATIONS!
        • Tacos over 13 years
          You are very intellegent!
          • Tacosover 13 years
            You are very intellegent!
            • Brianahover 13 years
              You are very smart !
              • Brianahover 13 years
                You are very smart !
                • kdjasvgfover 13 years
                  Ahh this is very interesting(: all i read is about stuff like this. but this is new i guess?
                  • lighthouse lover!almost 14 years
                    i climed a lighthouse toaday!!!
                    • Brynne Waterhouseabout 14 years
                      Wow! Great job!! You were great beat mine My very excited mother just stood under Neptune Planets extraordinary! Good Job! She is wonderful!