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When NASA guys draw a penis on Mars, it’s freaking hilarious. When I used the word ‘penis’ in a haiku, it’s offensive and inappropriate. WTF, NASA?

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(Photo courtesy of Imgur)

Several weeks ago, I wrote a haiku for the ‘Going to Mars with Maven’ haiku contest – voting for this contest starts today. When I followed the link to my entry to vote, I got this:

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Huh.

Tell me what you think – and please bear in mind that I’m not waxing poetic about random genitalia here, I’m referring to the juvenile doodle of a penis that some NASA boys used the $800 million Mars Curiosity rover to draw in the Martian soil (photo above – or Google the story yourself; it’s the first thing that pops up when you search “penis drawing”…surprisingly). (edit – 8/2016 – turns out it was the Spirit rover, actually.)

And y’all — I’m apologizing for all of us…in haiku! Since it’s not really practical to send the boys up there with soap and a hose to say they’re sorry to the neighbors.

If you think they were wrong to remove my haiku from the competition, take a minute to follow the entry link below, click ‘contact,’ and tell them so, and pass it on. Here’s what I submitted:

Oh dry red planet
Sorry about the penis
Our techs are childish

link to my removed entry here

**UPDATE**
Just got this email from Ransom Christofferson. Oh well…

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My response to Mr. Christofferson:
Hi Ransom, thank you so much for your reply. I am a “parent of a small child,” and I assure you that once little boys realize they have one, they say that word so often, so loudly, and in so many public places, it loses all impact. My 2-1/2-year-old son once yelled, “mommy, my p—- is sticking up!” in the checkout line at the grocery store. I understand, though, that not everyone can handle the humor of it in a public contest. I really was enjoying the thought that someday aliens might read, “sorry about the p—-,” signed by yours truly. It would be a claim to fame among my Mensa and Whovian friends. I don’t suppose you could sneak it on board?

Best,
Dawn

PS, I had to remove the P word in this email message, because your server blocked it. Maybe because I said it 4 times. Plus once in my previous message. Plus the time you said it. See, it’s lost all meaning!

**NEW UPDATE!**

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