All credit for this joke goes to [UPDATE: I DUN GOOF'D] the illustrious Diana Ho, who actually made the joke. [I'm so sorry!] (You can still visit Jess here). It’s a true story except for the part where we conducted a sting operation in the Rose Center for Earth and Space, where astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sits as director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try to lure a wild Neil out into the open with a cosmic tie, though. It’d be wonderful to see one in its natural habitat. For those unaware, the man is legendary for his collection. (Be sure to check out the rest of NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers)

Coincidentally, this morning, Joe over at It’s Okay to be Smart shared some letters that have greatly influenced this website over the years. I’m talking about the hate mail sent to Dr. Tyson over the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet—by third graders.

These letters kicked off some of my most beloved comics involving the maligning of Pluto and the cold, dark heart of Neil deGrasse Tyson.