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Pluto (noun): A small, hospitable planet, composed largely of ice and rock.
Also: Mickey’s dog.
Pluto in the news
This month, amazing pictures from NASA’s New Horizons space probe confirmed that Pluto is not a dog, but a “dwarf planet”.
Scientists expect more images shortly, including nudes of Minnie Mouse, plus a sex tape featuring Donald Duck and Mufasa.
Don’t confuse Pluto with…
Plato: Philosopher really into caves, non-sexual relationships and republicans.
Bluto: Popeye’s fiercest rival. Not a fan of Spinach. In love with Olive Oyl.
Goofy: When will you people learn? One sniffs butts and pees everywhere, and the other is Pluto!
Pluto with suffixes
Plutocrat: A resident of Pluto? No, it’s a person who rules via their wealth.
Plutocracy: The type of government that okays a 10-year, $700 million space mission for a few blurry pics.