Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Penguin dreams

Been cold here lately, in the teens at night and barely 30 during the day. Typical winter inversion weather. And tomorrow we may have some snow. Perfect weather for penguins.

Found lots of websites about penguins: The Pittsburgh Penguins; Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, for hockey fans. "March of the Penguins" movie. Linux 2.0 Penguins (Tux). Penguin caffeinated peppermints. Monty Python ("There’s a penguin on the telly…"). And, of course, many educational and nature websites.

Did you know…

--To attract females, the male stretches out his wings, "calls" to draw attention to himself, then struts his stuff. When two penguins connect, they nuzzle neck to neck, give each other "love slaps" with their flippers, and "sing" to each other. Once mated, penguins often stay together for years.

--Some types of penguins bounce up and down steep rocky areas to get to their nests. Some can bounce up to five feet high. And others dig burrows and create huge underground cities.

--Like humans, penguins toboggan across the ice, dive into the ocean from cliffs, and surf the waves.

Other views about penguins:

I have often had the impression that, to penguins, man is just another penguin - different, less predictable, occasionally violent, but tolerable company when he sits still and minds his own business. - Bernard Stonehouse

Of all the things I would like to do during my life, my greatest dream is to go to Antarctica and shake hands with a penguin! - Larry Mester

Go for it, Larry. We all have our dreams…

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