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:
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)