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Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Sweaters For Penguins Affected By Oil Spills

Here is a cute bit of news for you that combines two of the things that I love, rescuing animals and knitting:

Stuffed toy penguins displaying the sweaters at Phillip Island. Credit: Huffington Post
Stuffed toy penguins displaying the sweaters at Phillip Island. Credit: Huffington Post
Credit: Huffington Post
Credit: Huffington Post

Reblogged from a story by Amanda Froelich

109-year-old Alfred “Alfie” Date has witnessed some momentous events in history, including the sinking of the Titanic and the declaration of World War One. But when the caring elder is not visiting with one of his seven children, 20 grandchildren, or “about the same amount” of great-grandchildren, he dedicates his time to knitting tiny sweaters for penguins affected by man-made disasters.

The Phillip Island Penguin Foundation began requesting the tiny sweaters to aid the survival of little penguins after oil spills in 2013. Little penguins are a species of penguin only found in southern Australia and New Zealand, with a singular colony of 32,000 remaining on Phillip Island. In the event of an oil spill near the Phillip Island’s colony of penguins, wildlife clinic workers put oil-covered birds in sweaters to minimize the amount of oil they ingest while preening themselves. The substance also matts the penguins feathers,preventing its regulation of bodily temperature and reducing the animal’s buoyancy in water, according to the Philip Island Penguin Foundation. 

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My Penguin Joke

One Gentoo Penguin and two King Penguins walki...
photo credit: wikipedia

This penguin joke is my favorite joke of all time, Really! It is cute, clean and suitable for any audience, just perfect for the holiday season…

A man pulls up to a Starbuck’s in his car and orders an espresso.

The barista notices three penguins sitting in the back seat of the car.

She asks the driver, “What’s up with the penguins in the back seat?”

He says “I found them and I have no idea what to do with them, not a clue.”

The barista ponders this and then says, “You should take them to the zoo.”

“Oh Thank you, that’s a good idea,” says the driver and drives away.

The next day the driver returns for another coffee and the barista sees that the penguins are still in the back seat of the car.

“Hey, they’re still here! I thought you were going to take them to the zoo.”

“Oh, I did,” says the driver, “And we had such a great time that today I am taking them to the beach.”

Different ways of telling the penguin joke:

I’ve read a version where a cop stops the car and yells at the man driving that transporting penguins is against the law and to take them to the zoo. Another has a gas station attendant noticing the penguins and suggesting the zoo. Sometimes the driver is a man, sometimes a woman, sometimes a blonde. 🙂

Have you ever seen My Favorite Year?

It is a film about the early days of television when shows were live action. Peter O’Toole stars and in a scene about midway through the film Benjamin Stone (Steinberg), played by Mark Linn-Baker, demonstrates to his date how to tell a joke using the classic joke style of his era. “This guy walks into a doctor’s office…” It is a very funny scene and a great movie.