As of this writing, at least, the future Hall of Famer is still retired.
Ebenezer Scrooge: After sleeping on it ...
When the world first met Ebenezer Scrooge in 1843, it was as a miserly skinflint whose tightwad ways made him a virtual ghost among the merrymaking men and women of Victorian London. He was uncaring to the concerns of others that he'd just as well see the poor die off to, as he would say, "decrease the surplus population."
But, after a series of spectral visits in which he is shown Christmases past and present and learns of the dismal fate awaiting him in death, author Charles Dickens has his Scrooge awake a new man, throwing money around as if it were candy and making as merry as he could for the rest of his days.
"And it was always said of him," Dickens wrote in the last paragraph of his novel, "that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge."
The Apostle Paul: From scourge to saint
As the New Testament tells it, Saul of Tarsus was bad news for early Christians.
Acts of the Apostles describes him "breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord."
But one day, as he traveled to arrest Christians in Damascus, Saul reported seeing lights and hearing the voice of Jesus Christ asking, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
He took the name Paul and became the most significant evangelist of the early church.
It's from this biblical story that we get the phrase "Damascus road experience," describing a profound change of heart.
Scientists: Sorry, Pluto, you're off the team
Back in 1930, the scientists who thought about such things decided a newly discovered thing way out in the distant solar system was a planet, and decided to name it Pluto.
But little Pluto didn't even get through one of its 248-year trips around the sun before Earth's scientists changed their mind.
A mere 76 years after earthlings first spied the planet in the black of space, they changed their collective minds. Too small, the scientists said. Too erratic. We found something bigger farther out. Heck, Pluto's only twice as big as its moon!
It's certainly not the only time scientists have changed their minds. But it's one that's captured plenty of the public's imagination.
How many planets (or, certainly, ex-planets) have their own fan site?