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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000018.txt from 2000/04

From: Jennifer Jones <JJONES@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: [kl] URGENT WARNING
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 18:03:59 -0500

> Vinquist wrote,
> >BEWARE THE PANDA MENACE
> >
> >DO NOT BELIEVE THE CHINESE PROPAGANDA
> >
> >These little buggers may look cute, but they are a deadly menace to the
> >world's clarinettists. You don't believe me? WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY >EAT?

> >************BAMBOO**********
> >
> >That's right, they eat the one thing essential for clarinet playing -- the
> >lifeblood of our profession.

> Just to be a total killjoy pedant (on April Fool's Day, no less -- gad!),
> reed cane is the species Donax, which isn't bamboo. Asian bamboos belong to
> the species Polygonam. Too bad Pandas are so rare and hard to keep, and too
> bad they're *bears* (major claws, etc. -- not as cuddly as they look),
> because gardeners who've got this terrible weed taking over their yards (or
> migrating from the neighbors' yards) would probably love to keep a pair of
> roly-poly Pandas to thin out the bamboo!

> Lelia
> ~~~~~~~~~
> It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.

Actually, Donax is the specific epithet; The species would be Arundo donax.
Same for Polygonam, except I don't know its genus. ;-) It's a common
mistake. My father, who has his Ph.D. in Palaeobotany, has corrected me
several times on this too.

Jennifer H. Jones
Freshman UC Riverside Botany major

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