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(STLToday)   St. Louis Zoo dealing with rumors that a kid stole a penguin   ( divider line
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5986 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Nov 2006 at 10:49 AM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-11-03 09:05:44 AM  
He had Happy Feet.
2006-11-03 09:22:17 AM  
Is that a ephemisim?

/have no intention of rtfa
2006-11-03 09:22:43 AM  
The penguin's gone??
If somebody steals the cockroach, the St. Louis Zoo will be out of exhibits.
2006-11-03 09:33:41 AM  
A suspect just had this to say
"Spheniscidae went that-a-way"

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2006-11-03 09:41:57 AM  
It's a good thing that they stamp "Property of the zoo" on them.
2006-11-03 09:56:43 AM  
Meanwhile, back at stately Wayne Manor...
2006-11-03 10:07:45 AM  
Didn't RTFA, but if the penguins missing, it either:

Ran away
Got eaten
Got stolen.

Wow, lots of Sherlocks out there.
2006-11-03 10:53:15 AM  
The following is a quote from Linus Torvalds:

Somebody had a logo competition announcement, maybe people can send their ideas to a web-site..

Anyway, this one looks like the poor penguin is not really strong enough to hold up the world, and it's going to get squashed. Not a good, positive logo, in that respect..

Now, when you think about penguins, first take a deep calming breath, and then think "cuddly". Take another breath, and think "cute". Go back to "cuddly" for a while (and go on breathing), then think "contented".

With me so far? Good..

Now, with penguins, (cuddly such), "contented" means it has either just gotten laid, or it's stuffed on herring. Take it from me, I'm an expert on penguins, those are really the only two options.

Now, working on that angle, we don't really want to be associated with a randy penguin (well, we do, but it's not politic, so we won't), so we should be looking at the "stuffed to its brim with herring" angle here.

So when you think "penguin", you should be imagining a slighly overweight penguin (*), sitting down after having gorged itself, and having just burped. It's sitting there with a beatific smile - the world is a good place to be when you have just eaten a few gallons of raw fish and you can feel another "burp" coming.

(*) Not FAT, but you should be able to see that it's sitting down because it's really too stuffed to stand up. Think "bean bag" here.

Now, if you have problems associating yourself with something that gets off by eating raw fish, think "chocolate" or something, but you get the idea.

Ok, so we should be thinking of a lovable, cuddly, stuffed penguin sitting down after having gorged itself on herring. Still with me?

NOW comes the hard part. With this image firmly etched on your eyeballs, you then scetch a stylizied version of it. Not a lot of detail - just a black brush-type outline (you know the effect you get with a brush where the thickness of the line varies). THAT requires talent. Give people the outline, and they should say [ sickly sweet voice, babytalk almost ]"Ooh, what a cuddly penguin, I bet he is just _stuffed_ with herring", and small children will jump up and down and scream "mommy mommy, can I have one too?".

Then we can do a larger version with some more detail (maybe leaning against a globe of the world, but I don't think we really want to give any "macho penguin" image here about Atlas or anything). That more detailed version can spank billy-boy to tears for all I care, or play ice-hockey with the FreeBSD demon. But the simple, single penguin would be the logo, and the others would just be that cuddly penguin being used as an actor in some tableau.


The second quote is from when Linus announced Linux v2.0 on Usenet:

Some people have told me they don't think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen a angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100mph. They'd be a lot more careful about what they say if they had.
-- Linus Torvalds
2006-11-03 10:53:45 AM  
"Wot's on the telly?"
"Looks like a penguin."

/guesses, anyone?
2006-11-03 10:55:15 AM  
The Democratic Party demands a recount!

Ace Ventura wanted for questioning.
2006-11-03 10:55:24 AM  
Um, me and my friends got kicked outta the zoo, cause he picked up a pinguin..... there right next to you, its like incredibly close
2006-11-03 10:55:31 AM  

you got it!
2006-11-03 10:55:59 AM  
Wallace and Gromit, the Wrong Trousers?
2006-11-03 11:00:49 AM  
Sorry Jack Squat

Burn_The_Plows got the reference there first.
2006-11-03 11:03:03 AM  
One of the best zoos in the US, I dare say. Although they really need to update the bear/cat pens.
2006-11-03 11:03:04 AM  
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Hey, that was supposed to be my story.
2006-11-03 11:03:28 AM  
strangeguitar: The penguin's gone??
If somebody steals the cockroach, the St. Louis Zoo will be out of exhibits.

Have you ever actually been to the St. Louis Zoo? It's one of the better ones. It's also free to the public.
2006-11-03 11:05:20 AM  
Doesn't some Japanese couple have a pet penguin? I recall it even has a little penguin backpack it wears & its own little cooled house.
2006-11-03 11:06:47 AM  
Doesn't some Japanese couple have a pet penguin? I recall it even has a little penguin backpack it wears & its own little cooled house.
That would make sense, they could all sit down and eat sushi together.
2006-11-03 11:11:00 AM  
Offtopic, but can anyone who's been to that zoo explain the statue of the zoo founder? I had a chance to go there in March when I was in town for a mining conference, and when my friend and I saw that statue, we were a little surprised. It looks like he really liked monekys.
2006-11-03 11:11:44 AM  
puffins.... yummmmm

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2006-11-03 11:16:43 AM  
strangeguitar: The penguin's gone??
If somebody steals the cockroach, the St. Louis Zoo will be out of exhibits.

Here ya go, smart guy. Educate yourself:

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2006-11-03 11:17:39 AM  
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2006-11-03 11:18:17 AM  
best place to hide a penguin is in the fat of your aunt Millie. Just stuff it between the fold and it won't be able to make a sound. I have done it a few times.
2006-11-03 11:18:26 AM  
Penguins are heavier than most people think.
2006-11-03 11:19:07 AM  
mr flibble: Let's see if this works.

Oh man. I've never looked at that statue from that angle. Haha.
2006-11-03 11:21:04 AM  
Somewhere I have pictures of me climbing on the statue of Phil the gorilla when I was a kid.

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2006-11-03 11:28:27 AM  
At home I have a picture of myself on that gorilla from back when I was in high school. You can tell the time frame because my jeans are folded and rolled, I'm wearing loafers with no socks, and my hair is a mile high. If I had it here I'd scan and post it for a laugh. Good times.
2006-11-03 11:31:06 AM  
My daughters field trip last year:

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2006-11-03 11:33:34 AM  
Howie_Feltersnatch: Somewhere I have pictures of me climbing on the statue of Phil the gorilla when I was a kid.

It's a great zoo, though I only had about 45min to run through it. The penguin thing doesn't really surprise me though, considering when I was there people were petting the penguins in the indoor tank.
2006-11-03 11:34:17 AM  
The St. Louis Zoo is awesome, whatever you think of the city. Free admission (parking in a zoo lot is damned expensive, but just getting in the zoo itself is free), and great exhibits. The bear and cat pits, as said, could use some renovation (I think they are working on the hoofed mammal area currently), but the penguin & puffin house and the River's Edge area are fantastic. While the zoo may not be as well known to the public as some other zoos (San Diego Zoo comes to mind), but the better known ones also charge quite a bit more to enter.

/Still loves the Zoo Line Railroad
2006-11-03 11:34:42 AM  
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2006-11-03 11:36:24 AM  
I know this kid who's cousin knows the guy who stole the penguin, and he saw it. It was like, meep meep, in the dude's backpack as he was getting on the bus to go home, and he was so almost totally busted, by his fourth period teacher. Then his parents found it, and made him take it back to the mall pet store, becuase that's where he told them he got it, but he didn't, so then he went to this lake at the park by his house and set it free, and these hawks came down and totally ate it.
2006-11-03 11:40:16 AM  
Sure it's free. But you have to pay like 425 dollars to park.

Just like other government free stuff, somebody paid for it.
2006-11-03 11:41:51 AM  
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The revolution has reached the St. Louis Zoo. Just let them think some retarded kid did it... Perfect!
2006-11-03 11:46:36 AM  
Dammit, STL zoo kicks ass, sure the city is rather seedy and there isn't alot of you carebear 'safe' places. Ok and maybe the major attraction is a giant arch ... but we have a damn fine zoo.
Given the chance? I would totally steal a penguin, penguins kick ass.
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2006-11-03 11:46:43 AM  
The Penguins at the st louis Zoo could easily be stolen. I went a few weeks ago for the first time in years, and they didnt have the penguin exhibit before. I was suprised that you walk in and there is little to no barrier between you and the penguins. I myself wanted to take one, because they are so cool.
2006-11-03 11:53:03 AM  
Mmmmmmm... Ya know, penguins is practically chickens.
2006-11-03 12:09:03 PM  
And for parking at the StLouis Zoo, its 9 dollars I think. But there is free parking all through Forest Park. So you really only pay 9 bucks if cant walk more than 100 yards.
2006-11-03 12:15:47 PM  
9 bucks? that beats the New England Aquarium in Boston. If you dont take the T, its about $25 to park and another $30 per adult to get in.
2006-11-03 12:19:25 PM  
Having once been bitten (pinched?) by a penguin I can assure you that a kid didn't pick one up and make off with it. Those little suckers have some force in their beaks.
2006-11-03 12:23:41 PM  
Parking is around $15 in the front lot, $9 in the back lots and free along the roadways in Forest Park.
2006-11-03 12:28:28 PM  
"have you seen this chicken?"

/have wanted a pet penguin since reading 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'. Ask my boyfriend for one etvery Christmas.
2006-11-03 12:50:44 PM  

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It's a shoe!
2006-11-03 01:26:45 PM  
The Georgia Aquarium is having a similar rumor going around, don't know if it's true
2006-11-03 01:46:02 PM  
I love that zoo, I went there about a month or so ago, the penguin exhibit rocked and it cost nothing to park there because I parked up a hill by the art museum.
2006-11-03 02:21:16 PM  
Great zoo. Wish I hadn't been there when the humidity was roughly 400%.

Pie4Weebl, my friends and I parked there, too! And had lunch on the grass.
2006-11-03 02:27:05 PM  
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2006-11-03 05:09:26 PM  
strangeguitar: The penguin's gone??
If somebody steals the cockroach, the St. Louis Zoo will be out of exhibits.

Actually, the StLouis Zoo is consistently rated one of the best in the country, and one of the few free zoos remaining. With new exhibits like River's Edge, new primate house, and Penguin Coast, it's gaining in popularity again. It beats the hell out of the KC zoo, which I about cry shelling out the $8 for a farking zoo that doesn't even have any bears.

I'll get off my soapbox now.

/but it was such a lovely view.
//little drafty, though.
2006-11-03 07:02:45 PM  
There is this zoo in Sweden that, a few years ago, kept losing it's penguins. It turned out that the foxes living in the forest south of the zoo used the penguins as snacks. The same zoo also managed to misplace a panda (the lesser, red, kind).
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