Taken from the back cover of Lynne Truss' punctuation book, "Eats, Shoots and Leaves."
A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.
"Why?" asks the confused waiter, and the panda makes 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."
Dammit! I'm so tired of seeing such God-awful punctuation! Where the fuck to people get off posting such tripe online these days and expect others to read it, be able to interpret it, and like it? That's bullshit, if you ask me. It's rude, and it demonstrates to the rest of the world just how bad our school system is. I tell ya, some of the garbage I read online is so hard to decipher, I just stop reading it.
I'm not asking for MLA-perfect writing, I just want to be able to understand what people are saying. After all, writing online is a form of communication. If self-expression via bad punctuation/grammar is getting in the way of the message, then that's bad! It defeats the purpose. Instead of them writing what's on their mind, why don't these people just write random words and characters, but using whatever bad writing mechanics they see fit.
Grrr. Pox unto those who write so shitty as to keep others from figuring out what the fuck they're saying!