#PenguinAwarenessDay

These funny little things, with their funny little waddles:

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Emperor Down!

These funny little things are just the most interesting of birds, and there are so many different varieties and have represented in all sorts of forms.

Did you know:

  • Penguins can drink sea water. Penguins ingest a lot of seawater while hunting for fish, but a special gland behind their eyes—the supraorbital gland—filters out the saltwater from their blood stream. Penguins excrete it through their beaks, or by sneezing.
  • The Emperor Penguin is the tallest of all penguin species, reaching as tall as 120 cm (47 in) in height.
  •  Little Blue Penguins are the smallest type of penguin, averaging around 33 cm (13 in) in height.
  • A Penguin’s black and white plumage serves as camouflage while swimming. The black plumage on their back is hard to see from above, while the white plumage on their front looks like the sun reflecting off the surface of the water when seen from below.
  • Penguins in Antarctica have no land based predators.
  • Fossils place the earliest penguin relative at some 60 million years ago, meaning an ancestor of the birds we see today survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.
  • If a female Emperor Penguin’s baby dies, she will often “kidnap” an unrelated chick.
  • The first published account of penguins comes from Antonio Pigafetta, who was aboard Ferdinand Magellan’s first circumnavigation of the globe in 1520. They spotted the animals near what was probably Punta Tombo in Argentina. (He called them “strange geese.”)

30 things that turned 30 years old in 2017

In no particular order…

  1. The Princess Bride
  2. The Legend of Zelda (In the U.S.)
  3. U2’s The Joshua Tree
  4. Full House premiered
  5. The Simpsons (On The Tracey Ullman Show)
  6. President Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” Speech
  7. Black Monday – After the largest fall in the Dow Jones’s history, stock markets nosedive around the world.
  8. Dirty Dancing
  9. The Max Headroom Incident
  10. Prozac
  11. Married… With Children
  12. Michael Jordan’s 58-Point Game
  13. Larry Bird’s 59-Basket Free Throw Streak
  14. Robocop
  15. Macintosh SE – It would set you back $2899 with two floppy drives 
  16. Congressional Ban on Inflight Smoking
  17. AZT
  18. “The Drive” (John Elway’s Big Win)
  19. Windows 2.0
  20. Stephen King’s Misery
  21. Final Fantasy
  22. Star Trek: The Next Generation
  23. Crazed German tourist Joseph Schwab, known as the “Kimberley killer”, is shot dead in a shootout with Western Australia Police at Fitzroy Crossing. Schwab had already killed three people that day, and two others a week previously in the Northern Territory.
  24. Australia finally notes the contribution of the Vietnam War veterans with a Welcome Home parade held in Sydney
  25. Queen Street Massacre: 22-year-old Frank Vitkovic kills 8 and injures another 5 in an Australia Post office building in Queen Street, Melbourne before committing suicide by jumping from the 11th floor.
  26. 19-year-old Neighbours star Kylie Minogue enters the charts with her first single “I Should Be So Lucky”.
  27. Glenda Adams’s novel Dancing on Coral wins the Miles Franklin Award
  28. News Ltd takes over the Herald and Weekly Times.
  29. Oldest person in Australia, Miss Carol Mockridge, 112, dies in Geelong.
  30. Federal government announces its intention of acknowledging, in the preamble to legislation, that Aborigines were the first owners of Australia.

Big Cat Week!

It’s that time of the year again! National Geographic Big Cat Week!

Which also means that you can watch the #safarilive live feed on the television! It only shows on the television within America.

So please watch #safarilive on which premieres Thursday, December 14 at 10/9c. For those who are not in America, you can still watch it on YouTube and via Ustream.