Archive for the ‘Penguins’ Category

Emulate the penguin

February 22, 2015

Passed on to me by Eleanor Houck, this seasonal  penguin story from channel 10 in Philadelphia: “Stay Safe on Slippery Sidewaks” by Greta Iverson, beginning

The trick to balancing on slick sidewalks is to “walk like a penguin.”


The penguin of happiness

February 20, 2015

From the Cool Shirts and Hoodies Facebook page, passed on by Arne Adolfsen:

No, I don’t know where to buy a real penguin. Simulacra, sure, but real ones, no.

A forest of symbols in a time of love

February 14, 2015

Vatentine’s Day sets off an avalanche of greeting cards, from the sloppily sentimental through the joking — lots and lots of puns — to the off-color and the openly insulting. Just about any emotion you can imagine can be packaged into a Valentine’s Day card. Here’s one from a friend to me this year, with a pun (“Love you a bunch!”) and a penguin: “just a bit twee”, the sender wrote, but adding in mitigation that at least it had a penguin:


And then we get this remarkable object, a veritable forest of sexual imagery:



Flightless no more

February 9, 2015

Today’s Bizarro:

Penguins can fly.

Two Tundra cartoons on the flightlessness of penguins: #1 on 6/12/13 (“Everyone knows penguins can’t fly” — so they have to drive) and on 8/5/13 (penguin on the no-fly list).

Know your penguins

January 22, 2015

A bit late for Penguin Awareness Day, which was the 20th, but always welcome on this blog: a poster passed on to me by Chris Waigl:


Penguin chill

January 8, 2015

(Not about language.)

From Arne Adolfsen via Facebook, this wonderful image by photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty:

From the photographer:

Antarctic emperor penguins as taken on one of my last rolls of Kodachrome. From the primary colors of the Antarctic: white, gray, brown and blue, the last one has been taken out by the snowfall.

Penguin postings

January 1, 2015

Continuing to make inventories originally assembled on my computer now publicly available as Pages on this blog. Today’s project: penguin postings (from mid-2011 on), available here. This includes postings on actual penguins, on penguin art, on comics with penguins in them, on representations of penguins (in food, for instance), and so on.

This list joins the following Pages: animal postings, diner postings, parody postings, phallicity postings (special list for wursts, general list for the rest), plant postings, poetry postings.

Driving your penguin into the new year

January 1, 2015

About penguins and diners rather than language. But first an irrelevant numerological bonus for the new year: 2015 (aka MMXV) is a palindrome in binary:


Then from Victor Steinbok, this story from the Charlotte [NC] Business Journal on 12/31/14: “Bids sought for Penguin Drive-In’s trademark, equipment” by Jennifer Thomas.

The last pieces of the Penguin Drive-In’s legacy are up for sale. [It’s been closed since July.]

A public sale for the former Plaza-Midwood eatery’s assets will take place starting at 9 a.m. Jan. 5. It will run through noon on Jan. 9. That includes the restaurant’s equipment, such as kitchen utensils, a refrigerator, juke box and chairs, which are being sold “as is.” The burger joint’s trademark, web site domain and social media accounts also are up for grabs.

Two more penguin postings

December 18, 2014

In the mail (of the old-fashioned sort) recently, a postcard from Anne Cutler featuring New Zealand Yellow Eyed Penguins; and via Facebook from Michael Palmer, penguin colony research by the gay pornstars Kinky Angels.


A perching penguin for Xmas

December 14, 2014

A cartoon penguin for Xmas, drawn by writer and photographer Pam Mandel:

(The red bowtie is an especially nice touch.)

Mandel writes:

And then my mom said “I need you to draw some kind of holiday thing on this paper bag for me.”

His name is Jerome. He is an Adelie penguin. He doesn’t know he’s not a perching bird.

(Hat tip to Aric Olnes.)


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