Archive for the ‘Penguins’ Category

Attack of the mammoth penguins

September 5, 2018

Every year we rise up and stream through the streets in exultation, mammoth penguins swearing in tongues. Tomorrow is the 78th Waddling of the Totems. And crying: Not dead yet!

Some documents of the day. Some reflections on the 78 cohort. And on living longer than the generation before you.


“The hell is that guy doing?”: predator-truncated QuEx

August 23, 2018

The word from predators, in this Jake Likes Onions cartoon (by Jake Thompson):

(#1) Title: “Maybe he’s running from the truth”

Predator 2 omits the what of what the hell (in a Wh, or constituent, question What is that guy doing? with the question word what emphatically extended by the expletive the hell).

About the syntax, and then about the strip and the artist…


News flash for penguins: up in the sky!

August 21, 2018

On the Snopes site, an 8/20/18 updating of a 2/1/01 original posting, debunking an entertaining tale of penguin behavior:

King Penguins looking up (photo from the U.K. Daily Mail)

Do Penguins Fall Over Watching Airplanes? Falkland Island penguins are not so fascinated by airplanes they fall over onto their backs from watching them.

Details on the site. I could offer you cartoons of penguins falling over backwards, but I can’t offer you pictures of actual penguins falling backwards while transfixed by passing airplanes, because there aren’t any. Penguins might waddle engagingly, but they’re not incompetent nitwits.

(Hat tip to Michael Palmer.)


At Boulders Beach

July 25, 2018

Signage alert today from Chris Hansen, with this item:


The location, from Wikipedia:


The multi-speed rainbow buttlight penguin (in blue)

July 5, 2018

Resting indoors:


Found by Elizabeth (Daingerfield Zwicky) and Opal (Armstrong Zwicky) at the Monterey Aquarium on the 4th: a Flashing Friend (“Press Me for Colorful Flashing Lights”). Press its rubber butt, and it flashes rainbow colors, in two speeds. A wonderful, remarkable little object.


We are everywhere, and we have penguins

June 5, 2018

For 2018’s Pride Month…

From the UK Pink News, “Antarctica is about to have its first ever Pride” by Jess Glass on 5/28/18:

Antarctica is set to have its first ever Pride event – thanks to a group of LGBT people based in an Antarctic research centre.


World Penguin Day

April 26, 2018

An alert from Chris Ambidge for this holiday, with a Sandra Boynton cartoon:

Already on my calendar: Penguin Awareness Day: January 20th, in the middle of summer in Penguinland.

Now, also World Penguin Day, April 25th, in Penguinland autumn.

I wonder: is there a penguin holiday for every season?


Cartoons on SF earthquake day

April 18, 2018

Three cartoons in my recent feeds: a One Big Happy with a Southernism that Ruthie’s unfamiliar with; a Rhymes With Orange with tuxidermy ( = tuxedo + taxidermy); and a Zippy with a war of plush cudgels (and the munitions industry that it supports). Nothing to do with the 1906 SF earthquake.


A bread maker, Alan?

March 20, 2018

A Xmas card from Ann Burlingham, sent from Queensland:

Marital relations among the penguins


The penguins fly to Orlando

March 5, 2018

Just encountered, by accident, this aeronautical bulletin, from The Disney Blog on 6/20/13, “Penguin One joins fleet of SeaWorld themed Southwest Airline Planes”:

For 25 years Shamu One has flown through the sky bringing joy to airplane passengers everywhere knowing their journey to SeaWorld begins at their home airport. It’s a relatively small thing, but it brings a lot of joy.

Today Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment celebrated 25 years of partnership with the unveiling of the airline’s newest specialty aircraft, Penguin One —- a Boeing 737-700 co-branded with images of one of SeaWorld’s iconic animals — penguins.

… This new plane ties into SeaWorld Orlando’s newest attraction. The featured penguin species on the aircraft is a gentoo, one of the species found at SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. The attraction includes a first-of-its-kind family ride that transports guests into the penguins’ icy world.