Ah, the Smithsonian. One of Washington's greatest treasures. I haven't been since I was in 5th grade, but I remember really digging the Air and Space Museum. The Spirit of St. Louis! The Enola Gay! And space! What kind of fifth grader didn't love outer space!?
Of course, the museum has fallen under some hard times. And no, I don't mean the scandalous tenure of Secretary Lawrence M. Small. I mean the Air and Space Museum clearly doesn't give a shit about accuracy. Which is kind of disappointing from something that is meant to educate.
My beef? They are still referring to Pluto as a planet. (Hat tip to frequent commenter and lady friend "Terri" for catching this.) Pluto's planet designation was stripped 16 months ago. This isn't a small detail. The Smithsonian is disseminating wrong information. Just because something was accurate two years ago doesn't make that the case in the present. And 16 months should be more than enough time to fix this.
Does the National Museum of Natural History still have a brontosaurus display?