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  1. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Whew, I’m glad you added that non recommendation, Dr. Mel!

  2. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, over 5 years ago

    As a Postal retiree, I know Mercury was the first mailman with wings on his feet, a logo stolen by FTD. Sorry, no delivey on Roman Holidays

  3. Jo Jo

    Jo Jo said, over 5 years ago

    Interesting that “messengers” were so important to the ancients that the profession had a deified representative. Hermes/Mercury was one of the 12 Olympians, and ranked right up there with primal forces like the weather, the sea, love, etc.

  4. Bilan

    Bilan said, over 5 years ago

    Dr Mel didn’t tell us how many Starbucks it has.

  5. Chris Robinson

    Chris Robinson said, over 5 years ago

    I guess Doctor Mel isn’t counting Pluto as a planet either…

  6. 3hourtour

    3hourtour GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    ..though Pluto is now a Kuiper belt object,I say it should be granfathered in as a planet…I mean,come on…Disney World isn’t a world,but we still call it one…

  7. What-D-Hey

    What-D-Hey said, over 5 years ago

    I thought the planet Mercury was named after the ancient god of 4 wheeled chariots. Come to think of it, that god recently got demoted too, just like Pluto.

  8. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 5 years ago

    The planets first name was Freddy, wasn’t it?

  9. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Varnes, yes. You just can’t see the moustache in these views.

    To me Pluto will always be a planet. It’s a sentimental thing.

  10. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, over 5 years ago

    Mercury was not just the flower-delivery guy to the gods; he was a god in his own right: the god of boundaries and borders, and the “trickster” god. The planet also turned out to be something of a trickster–I am old enough to remember when astronomers were absolutely certain that Mercury was like the moon, presenting only one face to the sun. They were quite surprised, and had to do a lot of scrambling to explain when it was discovered that the planet actually does revolve on its axis at a rate different from its rotation around the sun. “Fool me once, shame on you… fool me twice… uh… won’t get fooled again!”

  11. Trebor39

    Trebor39 said, over 5 years ago

    Mercury is a dangerous substance. Just ask Mr. Quicksilver.

  12. Sherlock Watson

    Sherlock Watson said, over 5 years ago

    Didn’t the Beatles sing a song about Mercury, called “Five Years a Week”? Or did I take the wrong pills again?

  13. Sandor_at_the_Zoo

    Sandor_at_the_Zoo GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    I talked to a college professor who’s a member of the International Astronomy Union (the people who demoted Pluto), and he said the arguments for considering Pluto a planet were emotional rather than scientific.

    And don’t forget the other dwarf planets: Makemake, Sedna, and Quaoar. They started the whole demotion move.

  14. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, over 5 years ago

    90 to 700 K (−183 °C to 427 °C), and it orbits twice -two years- for every three of its days, per Wikipedia.

    Mariner 10 mapped about 45% of the planet’s surface from 1974 to 1975. The MESSENGER spacecraft mapped a further 30% during its flyby of January 14, 2008. MESSENGER’s last flyby took place in September 2009 and it is scheduled to attain orbit around Mercury in 2011, where it will begin mapping the rest of the planet.

    (And there might be ice in the bottom of some polar craters, just like our Moon - handy for ‘living off the land’.)

    Thanks, Dr. Mel!

  15. Bucky Katt

    Bucky Katt said, over 5 years ago

    One of the most interesting things about this, and other summaries about Mercury, is that the sun appears much smaller from Mercury than most would expect. I’d wager that most people think the Sun is an overwhelming presence on Mercury - filling perhaps half the sky - when in reality, it’s not all that bigger than it appears from earth - only three times bigger.

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