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OK, so like here's a dill, hey. [Jan. 26th, 2016|02:20 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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Hundreds of years ago, in the late '80s or early '90s, I signed up for one of these damn subscription series where you get sent a book every month "on approval," like The Book of the Month Club.  This one was a thirty-odd volume encyclopedia of "How Things Work."  I liked it and wound up with the whole set.  It had things like cut-away views of diesel-electric locomotives, simplified explanations of how cotton gins work and smatterings of all sorts of different sciences---nerd porn.

Anyway, in its explanation of how the solar system "works" it had a diagram (of course) of the solar system with all of the planets and the asteroid and Kuiper belts and---and this is a big AND---it showed what it called a "dead star" in a very large, very elliptical orbit around the sun that (because of the highly elliptical, comet-like orbit) spent most of its time outside of the solar system proper.  "Hmm," I said to myself, "that's interesting."  The "How Things Work" encyclopedia treated this very matter-of-factly, giving no more or less attention to this "dead star" as to any of the other objects in the solar system.

Time passed.  Then I started to hear on Late, Late Night Talk Radio shows about the legendary planet of Nibiru or Planet X or Planet 10 which was supposed to cruise through the solar sytem once every 3,600 years, or once every 36,000 years or whatever (there wasn't a lot of agreement on exactly what or where it was).  By this time, it had been ten years since I'd looked seriously at the "How Things Work" encyclopedia and I had, in fact, given it to my friend's five year-old son because he got a charge out of the pictures of planes and rockets and tanks and things.  I thought I'd seen the business about the "dead star" there, but by then I wasn't sure where I'd seen it.  So once, when I was baby sitting the kid, I went into his room and looked up "Solar System" in the encyclopedia.  Sure enough, there it was just like I remembered it.

The point is, some academics somewhere say they may have discovered (now) a ninth planet way out on the far,far periphery of the solar system.  If it's there, they say it would be about ten earth masses and have an orbital period of something like 15,000 years---not too far off of the "dead star" or "Nibiru."

So, once again I say, to myself, "Hmm . . ."  Who wrote the article in the "How Things Work" encyclopedia?  And how did they learn what they thought they knew?  Hmmm . . .
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