Foods of the Universe

The other day, I had the following warm-up for my students: If the moon is made of cheese, what else in the universe is edible?

I got the typical responses, such as the Sun is an orange, Pluto is ice cream, etc., but one response just about made me piss myself.  This particular wisecracking student gave a list of planets with their associated foods, all quite creative, and then he got to his last one.

“And well, Uranus shouldn’t be a food, because if it was then someone would say, ‘Hey, can I have a piece of Uranus?’ And that would be gross.”

Ah…this is why I love teaching.


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