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The Internet’s love affair with Pluto erupts in hilarious and heartbreaking memes

'So you dumped me years ago but now you're driving by my house real slow?'


Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 17, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 8:20 am CDT

Pluto may not be a planet—to the outrage of its biggest fans—but that won’t stop us from memeing it like it’s Jupiter. The recent flyby by NASA‘s New Horizons probe gave Pluto-lovers something far more important than planetary status: comedy. 

Or is it tragedy?

Pluto’s plight as a demoted planetary underdog is one of science fandom’s favorite lost causes, and the flyby has revived all of our conflicted feelings about the little guy.

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"It’s ok, Pluto, Makemake and Haumea still love you."

“It’s ok, Pluto, Makemake and Haumea still love you.”


Pluto has clearly won our hearts by having one of its own.

"I made a felt Pluto!"

“I made a felt Pluto!”


But like all planetary bodies, it also has its dark side.

The flyby has also spawned its own Rorschach Test, given the many different things people (and self-aggrandizing brands) have observed in its tan orb.

Sailor Pluto also got her share of attention.

There’s the obligatory rickroll.

There’s even plenty of non-visual memeing to go around. Tumblr has adapted its “shoving breadsticks in my purse” fad to the uncomfortable subject of Pluto not being a planet. Here’s one variation on the theme that has been making the rounds.

me on a date: so what do you think about pluto
them: pluto’s not a planet-
me, shoving breadsticks into purse: i have to go home right now immediately 

And, of course, if memes aren’t your thing, shipping is always in style.

Photo via Reddit

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*First Published: Jul 17, 2015, 1:21 pm CDT