The Punctuating Panda

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We know it's Friday, and you're gearing up for a fun weekend. What better way to get you ready than having some fun, right here, right now: some mental_fun.

Lynne Truss has a great punctuation game over at her Eats, Shoots & Leaves site, which rates every contestant at the end of the game according to "stickler %." (A stickler, if you haven't read the book yet, is a person who cares deeply about commas and apostrophe usage in print.)

And if you're wondering about her title: Eats, Shoots, & Leaves"¦ it comes from this old joke:

A panda walks into a bar. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

"Why? Why are you behaving in this strange, un-panda-like fashion?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda walks towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"I'm a panda," he says, at the door. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

"Panda: Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

Finally, for some more fun, check out the San Diego Zoo's "Panda Cam."  I just tuned in and saw Shi Shi, or wait, maybe it was Su Lin. A panda stickler, I am not.

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August 4, 2006 - 7:03am
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