Eats, Shoots & Costs a Company $2.13 Million

If there's ever an excuse to admire the real-life power of a comma, this might be it. Apparently, the misuse of the tiny punctuation mark in a contract is going to cost Rogers Communications in Canada $2,130,000. From The Globe and Mail:

"Based on the rules of punctuation," the comma in question "allows for the termination of the [contract] at any time, without cause, upon one-year's written notice," the regulator said. Rogers was dumbfounded. The company said it never would have signed a contract to use roughly 91,000 utility poles that could be cancelled on such short notice. Its lawyers tried in vain to argue the intent of the deal trumped the significance of a comma.

And while Lynne Truss, 6th grade language arts teachers and Grammar Nazis the world over are probably nodding their heads with glee, as a notorious breaker of laws (grammar laws) the situation makes me quiver.

Of course, it also reminds me of my favorite grammar comedy bit of all time, badly paraphrased from stand-up Anthony Clark's old routine: "Everyone's talking about Watergate and Whitewatergate and Travelgate. But do you know what the real conspiracy is? Conjugate. And do you know who the victims are? I am. You are. He is. She is. We are. They are"¦"

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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