Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Pluto Exclusion Principle

Not many people know about the Pluto Exclusion Principle. I only found out about it the other day, while talking to a friend who used to work for Disney.

People who have, at some point in their lives, worked for Disney have a profound sadness. This is caused by spending their lives having other people make jokes about their working for a Mickey Mouse organisation. But they do know about the Pluto Exclusion Principle. I didn't know about it myself, but when you hear about it, it makes perfect sense.

The Pluto Exclusion Principle states that, at any one time, outside of the official parks, there can only be one of each Disney character "in play" at any one time. So, if Mickey Mouse is opening a nursery in Yokahama, he cannot be simultaneously glad-handing at a film premier in San Salvador. If Goofy is goofing around in Nanking, he can't be nanking around in Sydney.

Now, you'd think this is a mere marketing ruse - part of the magic. But in fact, it's all pure physics. The danger is that, due to a double-booking, two of the same character end up in the same place at the same time. This would be a disaster - with the same polarity, spin and charm, if two of the same character met, they would create a singularity that could destroy the entire fabric of creation. 

Don't call Disney Corp a "Mickey Mouse organisation". They might sue, they've heard it all before, and it's only due to their constant vigilance that the universe remains in existence.

1 comment :

  1. Oh dear - if that happened we would all be donald d....


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