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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Sorry to Interrupt Ten Things Tuesday, but I Forgot...

...I'm back at 220 pounds as of yesterday morning and therefore back at a 20 pound weight loss. However, that's not the really important thing I forgot to mention.

Today is

So do penguin-centric things today if you can. Go to a zoo, juggle your Penguinis, watch an Academy Award-Winning film about penguins, or just grab yourself a Humboldt and fuck the ever-living shit out of it.

In honor of this most important day, I repost a story sent to me by fellow penguin-lover, Golfwidow. It's about Mormons making garments for penguins for whatever reason. I just wonder if they made them those awful chastity-protecting undergarments for them as well.

LDS Women Doing Their Darndest to Save Penguins
By Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune

Move over Morgan Freeman. Mormons are on the march to save penguins - one skein at a time.

LDS women in New South Wales have undertaken an unusual service project, knitting sweaters for cousins to the loveable stars of the Academy Award-winning documentary narrated by Freeman.

The smallest breed of penguins, often known as "fairy" penguins, tend to get caught in oil spills off the coast of Australia, which can destroy their natural oils or even kill them. Doll size, tight-fitting wool sweaters can keep the penguins warm during the rehabilitation process, and "stop them preening and ingesting the poisonous oil," according to The Sydney Morning Herald,

The sweaters improve penguin survival rate to about 98 percent, the paper reported.

Hearing about the penguins' plight, Jenny Allen and Marion Braun, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the coastal town of Coffs Harbour, organized a campaign to bring together Australian and New Zealand women aged 50 to 80 to knit sweaters for the foot-high penguins.

With the help of Pet Porpoise Pool, an oceanarium in New South Wales, the group was able to rally over 300 knitters and produce 1,800 doll-size sweaters, said a press release from the LDS Church.

Tourists flock to see these tiny penguins as they "parade" nightly from sea to shore at the Phillip Island Nature Reserve in Victoria, Australia. The knitters have produced so many colorful sweaters that some are now being sold in the reserve's gift shop on toy penguins, the release said. The money that has been raised has allowed the reserve to build a rehabilitation pool.


Blogger sue said...

You guys are toooo much! Happy Penguin Day... I'll go home and give the Penguini a hug.

10:16 AM

Anonymous EP said...

Are you sure it wasn't the LSD women instead? I can't celebrate Penguin Day today. I need advance notice, and stuff to prepare for such an ocassion....

1:25 PM

Blogger golfwidow said...

And Hallmark still doesn't have a card.

12:11 AM

Blogger Jade said...

I think that goflwidow needs to design a card just for these such occasions! :-) Happy World Penguin day!

7:24 AM

Blogger Amanda said...

Wow...nice sweaters. LOL

8:23 AM


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