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Stressed? Punch a Panda!
The Uptowner ^ | Dec 14th, 2010 | Ksenia Galouchko

Posted on 12/14/2010 2:53:01 PM PST by nickcarraway

Greeting people outside the public assistance office on W. 125th Street, a man dressed in panda outfit and boxing gloves invites passerby to punch him. Nate Hill calls his artistic experiment “community service and social outreach” meant to give people an outlet for their frustrations.

Hill, who lives in East Harlem, started his “Punch Me Panda” experiment about a month ago and has so far taken punches in Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Park Slope, Williamsburg and Bushwick. Hill announces his weekly trips on Twitter, where he also invites people to request house calls.

“When I came to the off-track betting location, all the staff came out and got all their frustrations out on me because they were under the threat of layoffs,” says Hill.

“I tried going the traditional route of getting into a gallery but that just didn’t work for me,” says Hill. “So I just decided to help people one by one.”

Hill plan to continue his experiment for six months to a year.

TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: panda; scientology; stress

1 posted on 12/14/2010 2:53:02 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

1st make sure it’s not a kung fu panda.

2 posted on 12/14/2010 2:58:18 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: nickcarraway

"That makes me a sad panda."

3 posted on 12/14/2010 3:00:23 PM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: nickcarraway

Punching Panda’s? It’s OK for some.

Me? I still like punching hippies.

Yes I do.

4 posted on 12/14/2010 3:04:52 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: nickcarraway

Q: What do you say to a Panda with two black eyes?
A: Nothing. You already told him twice!

5 posted on 12/14/2010 3:29:30 PM PST by Bon mots ("Anything you say, can and will be construed as racist...")
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if there’s a “Punch a Pelosi” or “Punch-O-Bama” version?

6 posted on 12/14/2010 3:36:11 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: nickcarraway
...a man dressed in panda outfit and boxing gloves invites passerby to punch him.

If the panda's wearing boxing gloves does that mean he's going to punch you back? lol

7 posted on 12/14/2010 3:42:04 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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LOL! That's the first thing I thought of. "sexual harassment Panda!"

Don't sue people Panda. Rick Astley music at the end.

8 posted on 12/14/2010 3:49:17 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: nickcarraway; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; ...
There are two kinds of panda -- the Great Panda, which is a type of bear, and the No-So-Great Panda, which is related to the raccoon. Sorry, I just thought everyone would want to know. Meanwhile, who among us hasn't wanted to just haul off and belt a panda?
Killer Bamboos
by William R. Corliss
Science Frontiers
No. 70: Jul-Aug 1990
There are more than 500 species of bamboo. Together, they have conspired - in a vegetative way - to exterminate the pandas. Why pick on such a cute, lovable animal? Pandas, you see, eat nothing but bamboos; and the bamboos have had enough! The bamboos' strategy is to flower only once in a lifetime. When the appointed time arrives for each species, all plants of the species all over the world flower simultaneously. The various species flower at intervals of 15, 30, 60, or 120 years. (These 15-year multiples and the unknown clocks that determine them are anomalies in themselves.) After a species flowers, all plants die, leaving the fate of the species to a thick carpet of seeds. Until the next flowering, it will extend its domain via vegetative reproduction only. Ten years will pass before the bamboos have grown enough to be a viable pan-da food source. The pandas' only hope is to find a species of bamboo that did not flower.

It is hard to think of a plant as malevolent, but here is how P. Shipman describes the situation:
"Green and slender, deceptively innocent-looking, it spreads out slowly, year by year, until it has its victims surrounded. Meanwhile the pandas, poor patsies, are eating out of the bamboo's hand. Only when the pandas are well and truly dependent on it does the bamboo deal its coup de grace. It flowers and seeds, thus ensuring its own survival as a species. And then, in an act of sweet self-sacrifice, it dies, taking its archenemy with it."
If the pandas manage to survive after the 15-year bamboos have had a try at death-by-death, a time will come when 15- and 30-year bamboos will flow er simultaneously. In the mid-1970s, several species, with different periodicities, all flowered simultaneously in China. The panda population was decimated.

(Shipman, Pat; "Killer Bamboo," Discover, 12:22, February 1990. Cr. R. Dorion.)

The pandas may be saved by the human-conceived strategem of feeding plant hormones to bamboo shoots. Researchers in the lab have been able to break the lockstep bamboo cycle in this manner.

(Johnson, Julie; "Hormonal Clue to Bamboo's Elusive Blossomings," New Scientist, p. 31, March 31, 1990.)

9 posted on 12/14/2010 6:40:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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