Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 15307
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2021/12/03 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

1999/1/28-29 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/Japan, Politics/Foreign/Europe] UID:15307 Activity:kinda low
1/27    I just turned on the radio to KCBS and I heard a sentense which
        apparently is the end of a piece of news: "Pluto might not be a
        planet, but it has been for a lot of time."  What's going on?  Is
        there some new space discovery that shows that Pluto is not a
        planet?  Thx.  -- yuen
           \_ It's all poltics. Disney didn't pay off the right astronomers.
2021/12/03 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

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