About the "Undiscovery" of Pluto and Penicillin
For example, Uranus was discovered in 1781. This was right in the middle of the American War of Independence, and not long before the 1789 French Revolution.
Neptune was discovered in 1846, which was the year when general anaesthesia was used in surgery for the first time. Also, the Communist Manifesto was published in 1848.
The discovery of Pluto in 1930 is usually associated with an active development in nuclear physics and powerful totalitarian regimes that were established then in Europe and Russia.
In the end of the 20th – beginning of the 21st century astronomers discovered that Pluto is actually one of a multitude of similar objects forming so-called Kuiper belt beyond the orbit of Neptune. In 2006, Pluto officially lost its status of a proper planet and became a “dwarf planet”, one of the many.
In my view, this change was also reflected by the events in the real world. One clear example is Saddam Hussein, a totalitarian leader who was destroyed as a “bad guy”. Hussein was executed in 2006, the same year when Pluto was “dwarfed”. Now, instead of one bad guy, we have a whole Kuiper belt of ISIS and all those smaller bad guys everywhere around the world. There are a few other examples of this process as well.
I was also thinking that something very similar is happening in the contemporary medicine. It developed an enormous power in suppressing acute illnesses, mainly with antibiotics, but instead, there is a Kuiper belt of health problems around the world, autism being just one of them, and various food intolerances being such a common thing. So I thought: maybe I am missing something in my understanding of Pluto. Maybe not only atomic bomb and terrorism but also antibiotics should be associated with Pluto?
So I checked the dates, and you know what? Penicillin was discovered in 1928, less than 2 years before the discovery of Pluto. Interesting, isn’t it?