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Hey, You, Get Off My New Cloud

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asperitas

Fast on the heels of “asperitas,” the first new cloud type since 1951, everyone is suddenly identifying new clouds. Here are a few of the crazier ones.

TRUMPULUS – Swirls of fluffy wisps seem to swoop and curl from all directions at once. It almost doesn’t look like a real cloud.

NIMBOWOOFUS – That cloud everyone sees that looks like a dog’s head.

SIRI-US – A cloud that follows one person around, day and night, answering questions and giving directions.

CUMULOCRASHUS – Dark, dense, impenetrable clouds that appear when the stock market drops more than 500 points in a single day.

PUFFNSTUFFUS STRATOCASTUS – Indoor cloud formations often seen at Dave Matthews concerts.

PALOALTOSTRATUS – Clouds that contain no moisture whatsoever.

Actually, as someone once said, I really don’t know clouds at all.

12 Sucky Names for the Super-Earth

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Now that NASA has confirmed the existence of Kepler-22b, the super-Earth that could possibly, maybe, perhaps hold life 600 light years away, it’s going to need a catchier name. Here are some names to avoid at all costs.

THE DEUCE

GOOGLEWORLD

NEW URANUS

GEORGE W. EARTH

iPLANET

BP/MOBIL/EXXON FIELD STATION #2

EARTH JR.

PLUTO REDUX

OCCUPY KEPLER-22b

TERRA EXTRA-FIRMA

EARTH-LITE

BETA-VILLE

Hmm. Maybe Kepler-22b isn’t so bad after all.