Break Out Your Tuxedos and Celebrate the Penguins!

Posted on January 23, 2012 by Nicole Nuss

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Question: Who’s the little penguin’s favorite aunt?

Answer: Aunt Arctica

Ha! Who doesn’t love a good penguin joke? Okay, well, probably a lotta folks. But who doesn’t love a penguin? Unless you’re a fish or squid swimmin’ around the Southern Hemisphere, I can’t think of one good reason why you wouldn’t love penguins.

They waddle when they walk. Some have mohawks. They’re permanently adorned with the two most flattering and never tiresome colors found in one’s wardrobe: black and white. And the tiniest of the penguin species stands, on average, just 13 inches tall and weighs but 2.2 pounds. And the name of this little nugget: the Fairy Penguin.

Come on now, how cute is that?!

Last Friday was National Penguin Awareness Day and it got me to thinkin’. The penguins of the world definitely deserve some much needed love and attention. Look above for just a handful of reasons why. And no, you don’t have to be a Pittsburgh Penguins fan in order to take part in celebrating these non-flying, yet fantastically fast, little swimmers. (They can swim at speeds averaging 25 miles per hour! Did you know that?!)

Thanks to Friday’s “awareness” holiday, I took some time to research these little waddlers, as well as learn about their tragic plight if drastic changes aren’t soon implemented. I learned, currently, 13 of the 18 species of penguins are considered threatened or endangered, with some of these gentle animals on the verge of extinction. And that just breaks my heart.

So, in the spirit of celebrating — albeit a couple of days late — National Penguin Awareness Day, why not take some time to educate yourself about these lovable animals and learn how you can help them?

And here’s a list of 5 penguin-inspired products to help get you in that Chilly Willy mindset. Enjoy!

Penguin Snuggie

Speaking of chilly willy, if you so happen to be a bit on the chilly side these days due to the wintery weather, then this penguin snuggie has got your name – along with a bunch of penguins – all over it. The snuggie has become the quintessential loungewear of choice when it comes to staying adorably toasty. Just add a few penguins to the nifty getup, and you just upped the adorable factor a good 15 to 20 degrees.

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And in sticking with the winter weather attire because, well, it’s winter, comes this ridiculously cute ClubSwim Penguin Hat. But this knit hat isn’t just cute, it’s also practical with its cozy little ear flaps. Those ear flaps come in great handy as the temperatures continue to drop because no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you have to venture outside at some point. And no matter what some may think, wearing the aforementioned snuggie outdoors is just not an option.

Chilly Willy Tee

Okay, I’ve mentioned Chilly Willy a number of times and now I get to dedicate an entire paragraph to him. I loved — and I mean LOVED — watching Chilly Willy reruns when I was a kid. His little voice was just too much to handle. In fact, if I could find the reruns today, I would be all over ‘em. I can’t think of a single penguin star better to idolize than Mr. Chilly Willy himself. If you feel the same, check out these old school Chilly Willy tees. A-dorable.

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Because it’s so downright nippy outside, we’re constantly blasting the heat everywhere we go: at home, in the car, at work. And it wrecks havoc on our skin. When we blast the heat, it dries out the air. When the air is dry, our skin, eyes, and nose suffer. It’s an unfortunate side effect in our efforts to ward off hypothermia. But considering the alternative, we’ll take it. Fortunately humidifiers can do wonders to add some moisture back into the air and this Crane Penguin Cool Mist Humidifier just so happens to be the cutest of the bunch.

March of the Penguins

If there’s one penguin-inspired movie you need to watch, it’s March of the Penguins. First of all, it’s narrated by Morgan Freeman. And Morgan Freeman has that innate cool factor others only dream of possessing. Secondly, it’s two hours full of nothing but out-of-this-world adorableness. But most importantly, although this documentary is incredibly entertaining, it’s a great educational film that details the Emperor penguins’ treacherous annual voyage to their breeding ground.

Now for those who’ve never seen Chilly Willy, this is what your life has been missing:

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