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Pandas are incompetent, inefficient piebald buffoons.

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Alan Beattie's How Each Nation Sinks or Swims is the original source of this quote.

I like Jack Ewing's review:

Giant pandas are "incompetent, inefficient, piebald buffoons" that should be allowed to "die out."

Giant pandas evolved to depend exclusively on marginally nutritious bamboo. In economic terms, they're "path dependent" — locked into a situation that limits them.

Beattie admires cats, who gave up their free-roaming ways to carve out a niche hunting rats and snuggling with humans.

Sometimes cats snuggle with teddy bears instead.

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