Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Power of Punctuation -- NEW LINK

One of the funniest books I have ever read is Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss. I'm sure I've mentioned it before.

If Ms. Truss, a Brit, happens to take note of the sports news from the United States this week, I'm sure she will be quite tickled to read of the far-reaching historical statement that is being made by a single mark of punctuation standing alone.

This season, Barry Bonds finally surpassed the career homerun record set by Hank Aaron, but not without controversy. Bonds' use of performance-enhancing steroids has been hotly debated for years, and the baseball-loving American public (everywhere except San Francisco, the home of the Giants) has been none too eager to embrace him as its new hero.

So when Marc Ecko purchased the record-setting 756th home run ball from the fan who caught it, he decided to let the American public decide its fate. He set up a website giving three choices and invited baseball fans to cast their ballots. More than ten million votes were cast, in what has been described as "an unscientific but emphatic expression of the national ambivalence surrounding Bonds."

America has spoken. Read it for yourself: "Knocked On His Asterisk".

Ms. Truss is certainly loving this.


Cindee said...

This post about punctuation made me think of a blog I recently found that you might enjoy. It's called the "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks

alison said...

You know you're a nerd when you read a book about punctuation the second time (OK, just reading it the first time qualifies you) and still laugh out loud.

It's a great book.

Anonymous said...

Bonds deserves the asterisk (*)! Baseball is one sport that's taken a harder stance than most sports about performance enhancing drugs.

Uncle Ed

Sherry C said...


I followed your "link." That is stinkin' "hilarious."

Cindee said...

Cool. I'm glad you had "fun".