what’s next, tai chi lan?

i just got a “breaking news alert” from the atlanta journal-constitution that zoo atlanta has named the latest panda cub xi lan, or “atlanta’s joy.” this to complement sister mei lan.

leaving aside for the moment the ajc’s rather loose definition of what consists of breaking news, i have a question. are we required by virtue of contract to have to name these pandas with chinese names?

surely we could do better. maybe something highlighting atlanta’s rich hip-hop tradition, like “young pandizzle.” or “shawty pandah.”

or we could highlight atlanta’s rich sports tradition, maybe “the highlight panda” or “john rocker.”

i’m just sayin’.

3 Comments so far

  1. bking on December 8th, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

    My vote is for young pandizzle. Can’t you put up a poll on wp pretty easily?

  2. james hervey (jeherv) on December 8th, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

    eh, who needs a poll. your vote seals it. from here on out i will be referring to this animal as young pandizzle. i encourage others to do the same.

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