Archive for December, 2009

Six Brides for Six Penguins

December 25, 2009

The New England Aquarium may not have six geese a-laying, as the Christmas carol dictates, but it does have six new penguins a-swimming.
Six female rockhopper penguins were released into the penguin pool yesterday in time for the holiday, arriving from SeaWorld in Orlando.
New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse told the Penguin Post that the newcomers, which are native to southern Argentina and Chile, were adapting well to their new home.
“They just went into the exhibit this morning with little disruption,’’ LaCasse said. “Everyone’s figuring things out.’’
Aquarium officials hope the addition of the six females, which range from 1 to 9 years old, will spark romantic interest in the male-dominated tank and bolster the penguin population.
LaCasse said penguins typically find a mate and remain monogamous. They stand 18 to 20 inches high and weigh about 5 pounds. Rockhopper penguins typically have a 30-year life span in aquariums and up to 20 years in the wild, he said.
The new arrivals bring the aquarium’s penguin population to nearly 90 birds, from different species.

Andrea Desjardins, a biologist at New England Aquarium, was taking photos yesterday as the new birds got to know the old ones. The newly arrived rockhoppers, known for their yellow-feathered foreheads, are found mostly in Argentina and Chile.

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Merry Penguin Christmas

December 25, 2009

At least my computer had the courtesy to go kaputski a couple of days before Christmas.  I was able to check orders via my wife’s laptop to see if anyone needed a last minute next day air penguin, but other than that I couldn’t do much.  Had this happened a few days before it would have been crazy.  By all appearances it looks like Penguin Place got 99.9% of our penguins out to everyone safe and sound and in time for Santa’s milk and cookies.  There may have been a couple of international orders that are being held up at customs or have gone astray, but all in all our little penguin company did o.k. this season.   We’d just like to wish everyone a healthy, happy and waddling Christmas and may Santa bring you all the penguins on your list.

Merry Penguin Christmas

Penguin Computer Electrocuted

December 24, 2009

On Tuesday evening I fried my computer. Literally. The sequence of events leading up to this began on Sunday afternoon when my daughter suggested we go ice skating for the “open skate” session a couple of hours before our scheduled skating lesson. She loves ice skating and she convinced me to sign up for lessons as well so we could take them together. Unfortunately, we don’t take them together, but that’s another story. So anyway, we skated for 90 minutes in the open skate, then had an hour long lesson, then we stayed on the ice another 45 minutes for the skate class Holiday Party. Great cupcake btw. Needless to say the next morning I was pretty sore. Still, one must answer the call so the following morning (Monday) and after dropping the kids off at school I reported to Penguin Place and worked all day sending out a few dozen last minute Penguin Place orders, and when for some reason when my wife returned home from her job at 5:30 pm I headed out to play in my Monday night Domeball baseball game in Bernardston (which is about a half hour north of here). I hadn’t played in a few weeks as it’s been too busy at Penguin Place, but I figured with me caught up at Penguin Place and the volume of orders down a bit with only a few days to go before Christmas I could swing it, and swing it I did. We won 14-4, I had three hits, drove in a couple, scored three times and pitched three innings. I even stole two bases!! Unfortunately, the next morning I could hardly move. Between the skating, packing penguins, total lack of exorcise the past three months and some inspired baseball my body had virtually shut down. But, sadly I could not shut down. I still had to wake up at 7 a.m. take the kids to school and had to pack penguin orders all day, dragging my body with me all day long. The term schlepping comes to mind. That evening I shuffled or schlepped upstairs to check on any Penguin Place e-mails or phone messages. I had been shuffling all day long on the carpet on my steps and upstairs, and apparently I had been building up so much static electricity that when I touch my computer there was an audible shock that nearly sent me flying and apparently completely fried my computer. At first I thought this only a temporary setback for my old reliable Mac, but when it wouldn’t respond the next morning I took it into the shop and the diagnosis was not good. My logic board was fried. I asked if it was possible that a static electrical shock could have caused this and the Mac Tech said they’ve never heard of such a thing, but my sister in law who is a Mac girl deluxe claims she’s heard of this happening. So people,  don’t build up 36 hours worth of shuffling and static electricity on your carpet and then touch your computer (or someone with a pacemaker). Nothing good will come of it.

Baseball pals in nicer weather. That's me on the right. Notice the Penguins team shirt that Fio is wearing on the left.

Baby King Penguin Dances In Scotland

December 22, 2009

A baby king penguin enjoyed the snowy conditions at Edinburgh Zoo. The chick, almost two months old, is the first king penguin to be born at the zoo in five years. It will keep its fluffy brown feathers until it is ten months old before developing a waterproof black-and-white coat.

The chick is too young for zoo staff to be able to tell if it is male or female, so it has not been named yet.

Lynda Burrill, penguin keeper, said: “This chick was a total surprise to us. King penguins normally lay eggs in June and July but this egg arrived in late August.”

UPS Last Minute Flying Penguin Rules

December 22, 2009

A couple of things people sometimes forget when ordering last minute holiday penguins and having them ship via UPS 3 day, 2 day or Next Day Air. First, is that “Brown” guarantees nothing the week before Christmas, so your packages basically go from UPS 3 Day Guaranteed to UPS we’ll try to get your package to you in 3 days but if we don’t it’s not our fault as we’re really busy so don’t ask for your money back if your package is late service. Also, lots of folks forget that UPS does not count the day of pick-up towards the 3 days. So, a package being picked up today (Monday) may not get to its appointed destination until Thursday and not be considered late. Even more sobering is they don’t pick up or deliver on weekends, so if you placed an order on Friday night for UPS 3 day ground, it may not make it to your home until Thursday, a full 6 days later. Just a few sobering things to be aware of during the last few frantic days before Christmas.

Also, congrats to Jim Hampton of Oakland, Ca who was the first caller for our found pair of plush penguin slippers. You’ll be interested to know that another pair was returned to us this afternoon by a customer who received a pair by mistake instead of the Emperor Chick slippers, so if anyone else is interested in a mens size 7-9 plush penguin slippers give us a call at 1 877 736-4946

Make Your Own Touch Screen Penguin

December 21, 2009

To some people nothing cheers up a cold, snowy Sunday like a touchscreen penguin.  Modder Ankorite took one of the Chumby guts kits from the MAKE store and squeezed it into a penguin Christmas toy, producing a battery-powered widget ad internet radio penguin.

There’s a squeeze sensor in the penguin’s head, and another couple of switches just behind that can be used to scroll through different widgets.  Still to be made is a back panel to cover up the DC input and give Ankorite somewhere permanent and easily-reachable for the power button.  Such is the life of a prototype penguin thingy.

Penguin Pasta Back In Stock

December 21, 2009

Our Penguin Shaped Pasta has come back in stock just in time for the “two minute warning” of the holiday penguin shopping season.

Also, we’ve already marked down many of our penguin holiday cards and ornaments between 20% and 30%.

Penguin Place Penguins Miss Out On Snowstorm

December 20, 2009

We woke up this morning ready to shovel, shiver and go sledding only to find (to the disappointment of kids and penguins alike ) that only a dusting of snow had fallen on our igloo overnight.  Apparently the 23rd “Storm of The Century”  since the turn of the century  had hugged the coast a bit more than Mr. Weatherbee anticipated and mostly bi-passed Western Mass.  This is bad news for sledders, professional shovelers, and real penguins, but good news for Penguin Place because it means that our local transportation and airport will not  be snowed in.  So all Priority Mail and UPS expedited penguin place orders will ship out sans any weather related delays.  Who knew that Northampton Mass would have better December weather than our old HQ in Brooklyn NY?

Unlike NYC you'll have to look real close to find a snow flake in Northampton

Another Baby Penguin Hatches in Texas

December 20, 2009

The Penguin Post has learned that Moody Gardens of Galveston, Texas has welcomed another baby penguin on Sunday, the third this month.

The new babies are among 24 eggs expected to hatch this season, which would be a record. They include gentoo, chinstrap and king penguins.

Since the penguins are originally from the Southern Hemisphere of the world, they observe opposite seasons from Texas. This is their springtime and breeding season.

Chinstrap and gentoo penguins build rock nests that can reach up to three feet across to protect the eggs from sudden floods and the cold ground.

King penguins, on the other hand, hold their eggs on their feet, switching off between the parents every day or so. This ritual goes on for months.

The fuzzy little baby penguins can be seen on exhibit at Moody Gardens with the rest of the over 100 penguins at their facility.

Another Baby Penguin In Texas

Paulie’s Penguin Playground Toast of Metro K.C.

December 20, 2009

If driving around and checking out Christmas lights is one of your favorite things to do around the holidays, then there’s a penguin-packed home in suburban Kansas City that you don’t want to miss.
The Penguin Post has learned that over the past 10 years Paulie’s Penguin Playground has grown to become a holiday legend in the metro Kansas City area. Watch this video by a local K.C. TV station and see why.