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Pocket Orrery

The Solar System in your trousers
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Look at this sequence:

"MERCURY, VENUS, EARTH, MARS, BELGIUM, BELGIUM, BELGIUM, NEPTUNE"

Do you see anything wrong with the sequence?

Look again.

That's right, in this sequence the planets JUPITER, SATURN and URANUS have been confused with the country BELGIUM, BELGIUM and for a third time BELGIUM.

This is how easy it is for your thrusting young astronomer-about-town to forget the names of the planets of the Solar System, which could cause no little embarrassment if, for example, he was trying to impress a girl using planets.

To prevent public humiliation (specifically regarding the correct identification of our celestial neighbours) simply carry a Pocket Orrery in your trouser or clasped tightly in the armpit. In the event of an impromptu bout of planet naming simply give the Pocket Orrery three hard puffs and it's up, inflated and ready to use. The inflatable planets of the Pocket Orrery are to scale (Jupiter is three storeys tall) and have each planet's name printed around their equator in jaunty Comic Sans.

rodti, Jul 21 2014

Pocket Orrery http://folksy.com/i...15070-Pocket-Orrery
£10 [pocmloc, Jul 21 2014]

Pocket Orrery http://www.orreryma...ogue/astro_mini.htm
Another one! [pocmloc, Jul 21 2014]

Wristwatch orrery http://www.ablogtow...ery-watch-hands-on/
Only 3 planets. Boo! [pocmloc, Jul 21 2014]

British Orrery British_20Orrery
[not_morrison_rm, Jul 22 2014]

Al visible from Earth planets. http://imgur.com/gallery/MO8HaNS
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 29 2015]

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       When I first read the title...well, let's not go there!
xandram, Jul 21 2014
  

       It's deja vu all over again...
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 21 2014
  

       / your thrusting young astronomer / ? someone is distracted. -h
popbottle, Jul 21 2014
  

       Is that Uranus in your pocket....
not_morrison_rm, Jul 22 2014
  

       //It's deja vu all over again...//   

       Wait!! There's morrery!
AusCan531, Jul 22 2014
  

       //if, for example, he was trying to impress a girl using planets.//

<Ornery Mechanic>

"Well there's your problem right there."

</OM>
LimpNotes, Jul 22 2014
  

       Easier than trying to impress a planet using girls.
pocmloc, Jul 22 2014
  

       That depends. How big a crater are you looking for?
LimpNotes, Jul 22 2014
  

       If one wished to pick-pocket said orrery, would one first need to planet?   

       It would help if you could inspire a suitable emotion in your intended target. At the least, empathy. At mos phere.
normzone, Jul 22 2014
  

       Terra are many reasons to like this idea.
Voice, Jul 23 2014
  

       I don't think he'll even get a plutonic relationship with that approach.
mylodon, Jan 31 2015
  

       Hang on a second. If Belgium isn't a planet then where the fuck is it??
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 31 2015
  

       It's behind you.
pocmloc, Jan 31 2015
  

       So's everything if you go far enough.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 31 2015
  

       that's an abuse of the word enough
mylodon, Feb 01 2015
  

       that's enough abuse
mylodon, Feb 02 2015
  
      
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