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Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by kaesthebluntedwonder, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. kaesthebluntedwonder

    kaesthebluntedwonder Elite Member

    Joined: May 16, 2000 Messages: 3,066 Likes Received: 0
    -3K-

    Yeah, 3K at last. Took me 5 years almost, while it takes most other cats 5 weeks.

    I feel like crap though. I've had the flu for the past 3 days, though today it seems to have simmered down, temp is back to 98.6. Still, it sucks waking up every morning freezing because you're drenched in sweat, and being so dizzy you can barely walk...and my throat is fuckin killing me right now, I think my vocal cord was elongated or something because yesterday it felt like I had a piece of cereal stuck in the back of my throat the whole day. Is that even possible, for the vocal chord to get swollen or some shit like that?

    Anyway, I don't mean to depress you guys with my sickness, so here, I'm gonna post some stuff about penguins.

    Penguins
    The signature species of Antarctica -- the mascot, if you will -- is the penguin. There are not one but no fewer than 17 species of penguins, of which only four breed on the Antarctic continent itself. These include the Adelie, the Emperor, the Chinstrap and the Gentoo penguins. Several other species are sometimes found within the Antarctic region, and penguins are found as far north as the Galapagos Islands, straddling the equator. But in general, the link in the public imagination between Antarctica and penguins is supported by the numbers -- there are millions of nesting pairs of Chinstrap penguins alone, and they are by far the most numerous creatures in the region.
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    Flightless Birds
    Penguins are flightless birds which have adapted to living in the cooler waters of the Southern Hemisphere. The 17 species of penguins found today are thought to have evolved from petrel-like flying birds some 50 million years ago. Some species spend as much as 75% of their lives in the ocean, yet they all breed on land or sea-ice attached to the land.

    All penguins have a very similar torpedo-shaped body form, though they vary greatly in size. Penguin wings are highly modified to form stiff paddle-like flippers used for swimming, and their feet and stubby tails combine to form a rudder. The penguin's bones are solid and heavy, which help them to remain submerged and reduce the energy needed for diving.

    Penguins are able to withstand the extreme cold because insulation provided by their short, densely-packed feathers forms a waterproof coat. A thick layer of fat or blubber also serves as an energy store. These adaptations, among others, enable them to minimize heat loss in icy cold waters so they can cope with the harsh conditions of the Antarctic.
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    Behavior
    Penguins communicate by complex ritual behaviors such as head and flipper waving, calling, bowing, gesturing and preening. Territorial disputes lead to aggressive postures such as stares, pointing and even charging. Courtship and mating rituals include so called "ecstatic displays" where a bird, typically an unattached male, pumps his chest several times and, with his head stretched upwards and flippers akimbo, emits a harsh loud braying sound. This can result in a mass trumpeting by other males, which is believed to help synchronize the breeding cycle
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    Locomotion
    Penguins are very efficient swimmers. Though they are comfortable at speeds around 5 mph (8 km/ph), some species can travel at 7 mph (12 km/ph) in short bursts. When traveling quickly, penguins will leap clear of the water every few feet -- an action called "porpoising" due to its resemblance to porpoise behavior. This enables them to breathe, and decreases their chances of being taken by a predator.

    Antarctic penguins have also developed the ability to leap out of the water to a substantial height on land, enabling them to reach raised ice edges or rock ledges. Penguin legs are set far down on their bodies, so they walk with a very erect posture. Ashore they are often awkward, waddling and hopping over rocks; on snow they sometimes push themselves along on their stomachs
    Movie of penguin locomotion.
     
  2. Fondles

    Fondles Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 7,858 Likes Received: 24
    cool penguins.
     
  3. AREANKAY

    AREANKAY Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,183 Likes Received: 39
    penguins are my steez i have a calander of penguins and penguin soap, if i come up on some money ever im totally gonna have one as a pet.

    *picture opening your fridge and a penguin running out and slapping you with its flappy wing like amrs then running off*
     
  4. swif1

    swif1 Veteran Member

    Joined: Dec 13, 2001 Messages: 7,066 Likes Received: 24
    Pen-Pen!
     
  5. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
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    congrats on the 3K my man. Took you long enough.... ha!
     
  6. 2 blaazed

    2 blaazed New Jack

    Joined: Jun 28, 2002 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 3
    congrats fellow blunted wonder
     
  7. Pinup

    Pinup Senior Member

    Joined: Mar 13, 2003 Messages: 2,208 Likes Received: 0
    um, since when am i not the Penguin man ?
     
  8. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    since you got all lazy and stoped living here every day.
     
  9. Hermdog

    Hermdog Elite Member

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  10. Hermdog

    Hermdog Elite Member

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  11. Hermdog

    Hermdog Elite Member

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  12. platapie

    platapie Guest

    congrats my friend, good to see some old schoolers still round here.
     
  13. Hermdog

    Hermdog Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 6, 2003 Messages: 4,504 Likes Received: 9
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    I like these birds too
     
  14. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
  15. well deserved! good to have the old cats around, that goes for you too platapie
     
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