Craig's submission, from Yankfansoxfan.typepad.com, is what he calls dingbats for dingbats. They're what logically follows the steroid-abuse denoting asterisk in the stats books:
Baseball's record books shall be besmirched no more. Or rather, the achievements therein shall be properly labeled. An asterisk for steroids. Yes. Of course. But how can that single dingbat suffice to explain away more than a century of exploitation, chicanery, and all-around evil doing? Fear not, fans of our Great Pastime, YFSF is here to supply you with a comprehensive system of annotation to illuminate the skeletal closets of the national game.The New Yorker's list give us a useful shorthand for reporting news of the war in Iraq:
* = Steroids
! = Amphetamines
$ = Gambling
~ = Alcohol
Emoticons During War Time
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