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(2500) Alascattalo

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1926 GC. Discovered 1926 Apr. 2 by K. Reinmuth at Heidelberg.

Named for Alaska’s mythical beast, supposedly a cross between a moose and a walrus and genetically bred by miners during the Alaska Gold Rush around 1900. The alascattalo is also the epitome of Alaska’s unique sense of humor, “absurding”, which is the Alaskan way of dealing with tourists who ask stupid questions. A parade, lasting just four minutes and extending just one block down an alley, is held each year at three minutes past noon on Alascattalo Day, the first Sunday after the third Saturday in November. (M 19332)

Named by the Minor Planets Names Committee following a suggestion by S. C. Levi.

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