B.U.N.K. Volume 2, Number 1 (1984)

Regular Features

Collecting Anecdotes

This regular feature of our journal will first appear in the next issue. (We hope.)

Recent Publications

We solicit notices of recent publications of interest to the readers of Biologie Und Naturwissenschaft der Käfer. See next issue for examples.

Odds and Sods

Three Musings by D.R. Maddison

Why do question marks look the way they do? They don't look at all like periods. Commas, however, are vaquely similar to question marks in that they are curved. Similar in another way are colons: they have two parts (as do exclamation marks!) Even closer to question marks are semicolons; but, though they have a dot and a curved part, they are much less interesting than question marks. Don't you agree?

The English language is odd, in that often adjacent words possess different sets of vowels; occasionally there are exceptions to this, but they are rare.

One day I met a man who had recently solved a tragic dilemma. This is the story of his dilemma.
My friend was a perfectionist. This was a very good thing, for the most part, but it did have its difficulties. For example, he was rarely satisfied with the results of his efforts, as my friend was not infinitely capable, and thus he invariably made mistakes. These mistakes, however small they might be, preyed upon his mind, and rarely let him sleep. He came to the realization that being such a perfectionist was a bad thing. He decided that the solution to his problem was to choose an imperfection, seek that imperfection, and accept it. In doing so, it would free his mind of the worries of all his other silly mistakes, as perhaps he would be able to accept them too.
But what imperfection to choose? He thought and thought. Many days past, and still he had not thought of an imperfection that would suit his needs. And then it occurred to him! The perfect imperfection! With this thought in mind, he let his mind at ease, and strolled easily down the street, for his course was clear: he would be a perfectionist!

Some sentences give the illusion of being self-referential, but in fact are not. - W.P. Maddison

Carabid before it gets away! - J.A. Walper.

You can Colymbetes if you want to, but that's Acilius thing I've ever heard. - J.A.Walper.


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Letters to the Editors

Dear Editors:

I have in hand my first issue of Biologie Und Naturwissenschaft der Käfer, and I am quite appalled by the lack of reader input in the issue. International journals of the caliber of B.U.N.K. would surely generate vast numbers of letters to the editors. However, in the issue in my hand (Volume 2, Number 1), there is only one letter. I consider it your duty to be more responsive to the readers of your journal, and publish more of the correspondence you receive.

Signed, Appalled.

Ed. note: It is our policy to publish appropriate letters in our "Letters to the Editors" section, and we eagerly request submission of letters from our readers. We are sorry to have so quickly disillusioned one of our readers, and we apologize for this lapse.

Copyright © 1984, 1996, David R. Maddison, John H. Acorn, and Robert S. Anderson.