Friday, August 18, 2006

Wazzzzzzzuh

During the Falklands war British pilots reported that penguins toppled over backward while gazing at the planes. British navy pilots were then banned from flying low over penguin colonies. It led to a UK government study of the "penguin-toppling effect". For just over 2 weeks a couple of helicopters were flown from varying directions and heights over the penguins.

The result? It's official: penguins DO NOT topple over backwards while gazing at aeroplanes. Phew, glad we cleared that up. They just fall sideways for no apparent reason. (and wassup with the "This video may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community" warning?!) Or sometimes...

Now onto more important things - Your mouth produces 1 litre (1.8 pints) of saliva a day.

A person remains conscious for eight seconds after being decapitated. Well... that's just horrible, isn't it?

One day - learning all of this will make be master of Trivial Pursuit.

11 comments:

Kat said...

AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!

note to self: don't ever get decapitated.

wv: wzhop: a word Ms. Moore and her 'crew' would use.

Stef said...

A friend of mine had a particularly stupid pet dog that would fall backwards off a chair if you moved your hand over it's head...

my pink sky said...

o.k...the decapitation thing is completely disturbing :(

Cap'n Dyke said...

i think they should do a study on why lesbian Pirate Queens an' their crewmembers fall o'er backwards after too much rum...no, planes aren't flyin' o'er them at th'time.

Joe_the_Troll said...

Why do I have to verify that I'm over eighteen to watch penguins fall over? Do they fall over in suggestive positions?

elizabeth said...

Kat - you took the words right out of my mouth

Stef - if I had such a dog... that is indeed a good party trick.

pink - I know. I've disturbed about that for days... I keep telling people. (That lady at the grocery store looked a little wary of me...)

Capt - I think we need to organize a test group...

Joe - perplexing isn't it? Maybe an animal rights activist was traumatized by that....

Slyde said...

i know people that have not had a head for years now, and are still breathing...

Elizabeth McClung said...

I have to admit envy that I didn't propose a "penquin toppling study" to the UK government myself - I've always wanted to get tons of resources to effectively settle a drinking bet.

badgerdaddy said...

Yo, funny lady.

Just wanted to let you know that, despite mulling over blogging again, and many local people wanting me to start up again, I won't be as the police just visited me to give me a warning about criminal harassment - because of my blog which has been down for TWO MONTHS.

So no more blogging from me. They also warned me off having any opinions in the future.

So that's me!

elizabeth said...

Slyde - Anyone I know?

Beth - Yeah. Interesting way to spend tax dollars hey?

Badger - Oh well - you're welcome here even if you arent' allowed an opinion...

badgerdaddy said...

I thank you....