It’s World Penguin Day – ten facts about the smartly dressed bird
IT’S World Penguin Day – not to be confused with Penguin Awareness Day (January 20). To celebrate penguins, here are 10 facts about them:
1. Penguins make ideal family pets. Now if f you win a goldfish at the fair, you don’t have to go to the expense of buying a tank, a plastic bridge and food. You can just feed it to your pet penguin.
2. Belgian penguins are terrific practical jokers:
3. Penguins are a nutritious part of a calorie controlled diet
4. Penguins are one of the four meat not found in a supermarket readymeal. The others are otter, golden eagle and cocker spaniel.
5. The four most feared penguins in history are: Pingu, Chilly Willy, Feathers McGraw and Batman’s nemesis The Penguin.
6. In The Blues Brothers, the part of The Penguin was played by a nun.
7. Penguin Island (1908; French: L’Île des Pingouins) is a satirical fictional history by Nobel Prize winning French author Anatole France.
Penguin Island is written in the style of a sprawling 18th- and 19th-century history book, concerned with grand metanarratives, mythologizing heroes, hagiography and romantic nationalism. It is about a fictitious island, inhabited by great auks, that existed off the northern coast of Europe. The history begins when a wayward Christian missionary monk lands on the island and perceives the upright, unafraid auks as a sort of pre-Christian society of noble pagans. Mostly blind and somewhat deaf, having mistaken the animals for humans, he baptizes them. This causes a problem for The Lord, who normally only allows humans to be baptized. After consulting with saints and theologians in Heaven, He resolves the dilemma by converting the baptized birds to humans with only a few physical traces of their ornithological origin, and giving them each a soul.
8. The Fairy Penguin has been persecuted to the point of extinction in Iran.
9. Ninety percent on Penguins living on the Falkland Islands would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in any referendum.
Photo: Britain’s Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, third from right, and her sister Princess Margaret Rose, second from right, visit the penguins in London Zoo, June 30, 1938.
19. Penguins love this joke.
A man drives to a gas station and has his tank filled up. While doing thisthe clerk spots two penguins sitting on the back seat of the car. He asks the driver, “What’s up with the penguins in the back seat?” The man in the car says, “I found them. I asked myself what to do with them but, I haven’t a clue.” The clerk ponders a bit then says, “You should take them to the zoo.” “Yeah, that’s a good idea,” says the man in the car and drives away. The next day the man with the car is back at the same gas station. The clerk sees the penguins are still in the back seat of the car. “Hey, they’re still here! I thought you were going to take them to the zoo!” “Oh, I did,” says the driver, “and we had a great time. Today I’m taking them to the beach.”