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September 25, 2003, by Léon Krijnen

The curious pinguins   

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This one's a fortune cookie, a nice story dating back to the beginning of the eighties. Fortune cookies refresh themselve when you hit the 'new cookie' button, somewhere in the middle on the right side of this site. I hadn't seen this one for a while, but it's always good for a smile.

A Mexican newspaper reports that bored Royal Air Force pilots stationed on the Falkland Islands have devised what they consider a marvelous new game. Noting that the local penguins are fascinated by airplanes, the pilots search out a beach where the birds are gathered and fly slowly along it at the water's edge. Perhaps ten thousand penguins turn their heads in unison watching the planes go by, and when the pilots turn around and fly back, the birds turn their heads in the opposite direction, like spectators at a slow-motion tennis match. Then, the paper reports, "The pilots fly out to sea and directly to the penguin colony and overfly it. Heads go up, up, up, and ten thousand penguins fall over gently onto their backs.

-- Audobon Society Magazine

Posted: September 25, 2003 10:09 PM (182 words).   

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