Former editor Judy Stoffman (emphasis added):

Eats, Shoots & Leaves was book of the year at the British Book Awards and is currently Nº 1 in Canada. The fame of the book is such that a member named Lady Strange (I’m not making this up) told the panda joke in Britain’s House of Lords.

Lynne Truss, p. xvii (op. cit., emphasis added):

“It will be debated in every national newspaper and mentioned, yea, even in the House of Lords, where a woman named Lady Strange – I kid thee not – will actually tell the panda joke.”

Except I can find no evidence a Lady Strange ever said any such thing. (I did another two searches – bringing the total to six; they’re not bookmarkable – to no avail.) And aren’t the two grafs above a little too similar?

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