Monday, December 5, 2016

No, You Can't Name a Star!!!

I re-posted last Friday a website with some great gift ideas for the science geek/nerd in your family.  With still a few weeks to go before the holidays I was searching around for other ideas and found this website:

Geek Gift Ideas

There are some good ideas on here, don't get me wrong, but I was very annoyed see that one of the ideas is to register a star in honor of your loved one.  Ug.  No, no, no, a thousand times no!  This is a scam!  You cannot name a star.  Well, you can, but it has no recognition among the scientific community.  This is simply a scam that suckers people into spending money they think is honoring a loved one, but it does no such thing.

Now, I will give this website some credit for stating that the naming of the star is not officially recognized.  Fine.  They are right on that.  Why then are you even listing it?  It's not romantic!  It's not honoring a loved one!  It's a scam that dupes people into thinking their named star actually means something!  ARG!  Yes, I'm very annoyed to see this on a website that describes itself as scientifically minded.  It's not.  Not if it is advertising star names for sale.

Please, please, please do NOT waste your money on this!

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