Thursday, May 12, 2005

Zookeepers in Dutch

This is taken from an article by Michael S. Rose [author of Goodbye, Good Men] taken from the always entertaining New Oxford Review. The NOR is a conservative Catholic magazine whose fightin' spirit is something that I admire, even though, well, they're Roman Catholic. Anyway, this report is hilarious, falling in the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction category.

The German city of Bremerhaven came under fire from gay and lesbian rights groups this winter for attempting to break up male same-sex couples --- penguin same-sex couples. In an open letter to the city's Mayor Joerg Schulz, the groups protested against what they called "the organized and forced harassment through female seductresses." The Bremerhaven Zoo, home to six Humboldt penguins, discovered that the birds were all males, and seemed to hang out in pairs. In an effort to get the penguins to reproduce, the Zoo flew in four female penguins from Sweden. The Zoo, which promotes itself with the slogan "encounters of a special kind," scrapped the mating plans after homosexual rights groups publicly charged the zookeepers with homophobia.

["The News You May Have Missed, by Michael S. Rose, p 37, New Oxford Review, May 2005.]

Such a report inspires many saucy punchlines, none of which are fit to appear on the public face of the Pedantic Protestant.


Anonymous 1689 said...

My usual remark on this sort of matter would be: GOATS AND MONKEYS!!! (Shakespeare, no less). However, that might not be appropriate.

Friday, May 13, 2005 5:53:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

I'd have to look that one up, 1689. I'm not sure what it means.

Remember, as c.t. claims, LOTR represents the ceiling of the literature I've read. =D


Friday, May 13, 2005 3:17:00 PM  
Anonymous 1689 said...

It is a basically generic exclamation of disgust and/or horror at something or other beloved of Englishmen who are devotees of a certain sort of literature.

Saturday, May 14, 2005 2:51:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Ah, ok. I think I see what you mean.


Saturday, May 14, 2005 3:47:00 PM  

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