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  1. #1 Chris Swanson
    September 17, 2008

    I want a pet penguin I can train to be my valet. I know this won’t ever happen, but I can dream, damn it! I CAN DREAM! :)

  2. #2 Randy
    September 17, 2008

    Most of your penguins are from warm regions. I worked with penguins for 4 years and they ARE NOT HAPPY FEET!!!! Smelly little slapping, snapping critters. Instaed of a valet train one as a guard dog. Other than that they were great to work with!

  3. #3 Richard Harris
    September 17, 2008

    Of course it’s a penguin. It doesn’t look a bit like a feckin’ nun.

  4. #4 Trica
    September 17, 2008

    I want one as my merkin.

  5. #5 ThirtyFiveUp
    September 17, 2008

    Off Topic, but relates to your SF movie post of September 9.

    The Fly, short story and two movie versions has now become an opera. I went last night and I liked it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fly_(opera)

  6. #6 Glen Davidson
    September 17, 2008

    Most of your penguins are from warm regions.

    Most species, but I don’t know if that’s true for total numbers of individuals.

    That’s areas with warm air temperatures, by the way, not warm water temperatures. Penguins are found where water is cold.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/2kxyc7

  7. #7 SEF
    September 17, 2008

    One penguin but rather a lot of crabs (one looking as though it had very boggly eyes).

  8. #8 God
    September 17, 2008

    Yes, there are penguins there, but they are sodomites.

  9. #9 roddg
    September 17, 2008

    Would it be blasphemy to nominate God for a Molly?

  10. #10 Craig Helfgott
    September 17, 2008

    I once heard a very funny, but probably apocryphal, penguin story. It seems this guy was studying penguins (in Antarctica), and specifically was studying the ticks and lice that live on them.

    Very difficult to collect ticks from a penguin. In fact, the easiest way of doing so is to get a trash bag, put some flea powder in it, drop a penguin in, and shake for about a minute. Then you take your penguin out and let it go. Obviously, the penguins were not too pleased by this process. The released penguin would stand there in shock for a while, then waddle furiously after the perpetrator of this indignity. So eventually this guy wound up with a horde of a hundred angry penguins surrounding his tent/trailer/whatever, warking day and night.

  11. #11 Azdak
    September 17, 2008

    BURMA!

  12. #12 Darth Wader
    September 17, 2008

    So a comic book writer saw one of these and thought to himself “now theres a menacing archenemy”

  13. #13 Junx
    September 17, 2008

    @ Darth Wader

    Of course he did. Look at it, those cephalopod-biting jaws would make anyone scream in terr…

    Awwwwwwwww

  14. #14 Naked Bunny with a Whip
    September 17, 2008

    Well, I guess that whole Noah’s Ark story was true after all. *converts to Biblianity*

  15. #15 Michelle
    September 17, 2008

    Is it lost??

  16. #16 themadlolscientist, FCD
    September 17, 2008

    No, they’re a native species.

  17. #17 Ichthyic
    September 17, 2008

    anyone recall what the current theory is as to why penguins aren’t found in the Arctic?

  18. #18 Sven DiMilo
    September 17, 2008

    Until quite recently, the Arctic had its own very penguin-like denizen, the Great Auk.

  19. #19 Azdak
    September 17, 2008

    anyone recall what the current theory is as to why penguins aren’t found in the Arctic?

    Ooh! Ooh! I know this one! It’s because God is tilting the earth!

  20. #20 Mike the Englishman
    September 17, 2008

    Until quite recently, the Arctic had its own very penguin-like denizen, the Great Auk.

    I used to be one of those. It’s true. I was a Great Auk in a school play at the age of 8 or so.

  21. #21 Darth Wader
    September 17, 2008

    #19
    Psh… don’t be dense. Its because when Noah was dropping all the different species in the different continents he ran out of penguins before he got to the arctic. The arctic was the last stop. Thats why polar bears are white, they just got pale from too much time below deck.

    In accordance with Poe’s Law I am adding this happy face so yall know I am joking :-)

  22. #22 Lilly de Lure
    September 18, 2008

    Ichthyic said:

    anyone recall what the current theory is as to why penguins aren’t found in the Arctic?

    IIRC current thinking suggests that it would be rather hard for large flightless birds to avoid ending up inside a hungry Polar Bear for very long so, although there are several arctic bird species that fill the same niche as penguins do, all of them have retained the ability to fly.

    Basic biogeography however has not stopped the Norwegian army from adopting and recently knighting one that currently resides at Edinburgh Zoo.

  23. #23 Sili
    September 18, 2008

    Would it be horribly wrong to start a collection to get the North Pole populated with penguins?

    I thought Michelle said “lost” because it’s all alone.

  24. #24 amphiox
    September 18, 2008

    Did not the Great Auks once essentially occupy the penguin niche in the arctic, polar bears notwithstanding?

    Which is to say that if a population of penguins managed to migrate to the arctic, or were transplanted there by some mad ecologist, would they not have at least some chance of successfully establishing themselves there?

  25. #25 Dahan
    September 18, 2008

    Darth Wader @ 12,

    “So a comic book writer saw one of these and thought to himself “now theres a menacing archenemy”

    You actually think Opus is a manacing archenemy?

  26. #26 Lynnai
    September 18, 2008

    Frank Zappa comes to mind somehow

    “Like a Penguin in bondage.
    BOING!”