Overhead: Earth awesomeness/lameness?

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2012
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

(Overheard while students set up their research posters for the last astronomy lab meeting.)

Student 1: "I hate Venus--Venus is such a lame planet."

Student 2: (Presenting a project tracking the sidereal motion of Venus.) "Nuh-uh. Venus is cool."

Instructor: "Yeah, Venus is so cool, Earth is so lame."

Student 1: "Are you kidding? Earth is awesome--it has a moon."

Instructor: (Beat.) "Earth only thinks it's awesome...it's like, 'I'm so special, check out my moon,' and the moon is like, 'Why do I hang around with this loser? If I could leave Earth I could be a planet.'"

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