second dumbest bird in the world

Penguins. They’re everywhere. Penguins are like the new chickens – universally popular and showcased in a myriad of films, ads, comics, books and TV (but only too pretty to eat). Terry Pratchett (this guy I just learned about through Google) once said that penguins are the second dumbest birds in the world…cause they can only fly underwater. Errr, doesn’t that make them the COOLEST birds in the world since no other bird species can accomplish that (at least not for long periods of time)? Anyways, I think Terry was just jealous because they’re also recognized as the most well-dressed birds (wearing what seems to be a permanent tuxedo).

How did all this penguin talk come about? Well, I went to the Living Planet Aquarium with Ben and his family today and we were thrilled to see a tank full of highly energetic Gentoo penguins, all splashing and frolicking together in a make-believe Argentina. It was the coolest sight and it made me think “Wow, penguins are amazing. Gosh, I’ve seen a lot of penguin-related things lately. Penguins…they’ve been popular for like…twenty plus years!” If you are having trouble thinking of scenarios involving penguins (or penguins in pop culture) here are some examples:

  • Bad Badtz Maru (the sulky-looking Sanrio character who likes to pull down one eye and stick out his tongue)
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins (a book about the poor Popper family who come into possession of twelve Adelie penguins)
  • The three penguin waiters in Mary Poppins
  • Penguin Books (book publisher)
  • THE Penguin (a DC comic super-villain and one of Batman’s archenemies)
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins (with Iceburgh the Penguin as their mascot)
  • Wheezy the Penguin (in Toy Story 2)
  • Penguins in movies such as Happy Feet, Surf’s Up, March of the Penguins and Pebble and the Penguin
  • More specifically, the four penguins in Madagascar
  • Penguins who make a guest appearance in the Coca-Cola Polar Bear commercial
  • Pen Pen (a character in the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion…I totally found that through Wiki)
  • The penguin on the Salonpas packaging (which my mom forgot to take with her since last May…still sitting in my car)
  • And of course Fight Club (where the narrator’s power animal, a penguin, tells him to just “slide”…let go and enjoy life or something deep like that)
  • I will end it here with a funny penguin quote:

    “Penguins mate for life. That doesn’t surprise me much because they all look alike. It’s not like they’re going to meet a really new, great looking penguin someday.” – Anonymous

    Or this one:

    “It’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.” – Joe Moore

    And this funny picture of a tired person in a penguin costume (Akihabara, Tokyo)

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    2 thoughts on “second dumbest bird in the world

    1. Melissa says:

      I love Mr. Popper’s Penguins!

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