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KESTENBAUM: But where they actually put it is in the Kuiper Belt exhibit and they do call the other things planets, so you can see why he’s got a file of hate mail from kids, which he does have.
FLATOW: Right. And headaches in a museum shop where they probably have objects that still say Pluto.
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