- Asteroid B-612 .
The Little Prince
- "This asteroid has been seen only once through the telescope, in 1909, by a Turkish astronomer
He had presented it in a great demonstration to the International Astronomical Congress. But nobody would believe what he said because he was in turkish costume. Grown-ups are like that...
Fortunately, however, for the reputation of Asteroid B 612, a turkish dictator made a law that his subjects, under pain of death, should change to european costume. The astronomer gave his demonstration all over again in 1920, dressed with impressive style and elegance. And this time everybody accepted his report.
- If I have told you these details about the asteroid B 612 and made a note of its number for you, it is on account of the grown-ups and their ways. Grown-ups loves numbers. When you tell them about a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you: "What does his voice sound like? What games does he prefer? Does he collec butterflies?" Instead, they demand: "How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?" Then they think that they have learned anything about him."