William James wrote:

 > Now wait just a gosh darn minute!  That's not an error.  You're simply
 > not fluent in English.  He's saying that to avoid making the number
 > a string, you must not use quotes.

You're right! I didn't really get that before your explanation - it 
makes perfect sense this way. Thanks.

> Q.  What's long and round and full of siemen?
> A.  A submarine.

Hm... I think the first part of your post was the more gifted one. But 
no hard feelings.

Merry Christmas to you as well,
Siemen