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24 05 2007

Uranus jokes never get old, do they?

I have boys.  Three boys.  My oldest boy, Isaac, is in Kindergarten.  A couple weeks ago they had “space week” so now Isaac is very interested in space.  It’s all he talks about aside from video games.  He loves talking about Venus, the hottest planet, where the surface temperature is around 800 degrees.  And since Isaac is interested in space, it follows that Jonathan has also become recently fascinated with the subject, and often we’ll find them looking at a space book, with Isaac reading out loud lots of facts and bits of knowledge about certain planets, stars, and galaxies.  These kids are brilliant I tell you.

The only problem when you have two young boys that are interested in space and planets is that sometimes they say things that are funny to their dork daddies.  Oh, the facts and information about Mars and Mercury aren’t too terribly entertaining, but when Isaac starts talking about Uranus I can’t help but smile.  I’ll readily admit that I’m an immature dork.  I can live with that.  But hearing your six year old tell you that Uranus is covered in a thick cloud of noxious gas is pretty darn funny.  The best part is he doesn’t get it.

Last week Isaac brought home a library book from school all about Uranus.  I just knew I’d get at least two blog posts from it.  The first came from our visit to the doctor on Friday afternoon, and out of nowhere Jonathan asked Isaac a question that he just had to  have answered right now.

“Isaac, does Uranus have gas?”

 The author of the book is also an immature dork.

Page titles include:
“Exploring Uranus”
“Large Moons”
“The Rings of Uranus”

My favorite quote from the book:
“Scientists discovered a layer of smog near the south pole of Uranus.”

I love being a dork.

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10 responses

24 05 2007
Karen

Yes. You are definitely a dork. It’s very difficult to have a serious discussion about the solar system with your kids when your husband snickers anytime Uranus is mentioned.

24 05 2007
Daddy Forever

Well, it’s a good thing you have not watched “Meet the Fockers” with the kids.

25 05 2007
Dawn

I will personally vouche for the fact that Mark has been like this for the past 30+ years. Just wait a couple of years – Bryson would have gotten the joke about the noxious gasses around Uranus. (and then explained it to Ian)

25 05 2007
markruinsdinner

None of you are acknowledging the fact that it made you chuckle, too. Come on people, fess up!

25 05 2007
Dawn

OF COURSE IT’S FUNNY! OF COURSE WE ALL CHUCKLE! EVEN WHILE WATCHING THE SCIENCE CHANNEL AND DISCOVERY CHANNEL, WE ALL CHUCKLE AT URANUS. (At least they didn’t say it was heavily foliaged). Feel better now?

25 05 2007
Lawrence

LOL. Very funny Mark. You know I really know very little about Uranus. How big is it anyway? Is there really a layer of smog near the south pole of Uranus? Have you seen a doctor about that problem? LOL.

25 05 2007
Dawn

What exactally would be the south pole of Uranus, anyway? I thought it was fairly south just by it’s nature.

25 05 2007
Daddy Forever

Yes, it’s funny. Wait until the kids understand. Then you’ll have a picture to show what ROTFL means.

26 05 2007
Lisa

As a grade 1 teacher, your post made me smile too 🙂 …. they certainly are entertaining — whether they know it or no, aren’t they?

4 03 2008
Don

How did you stay in the same room without bursting out laughing? I laughed myself nearly to tears just imagining what the rest of the boys’ discussion about Uranus must have been like.

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