RE: [asa] Flying penguins as evidence of evolution in action

From: Jon Tandy <tandyland@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue Apr 01 2008 - 23:39:16 EDT

Apparently the BBC, the Telegraph and the Mirror were all in it together.
They also used Wikipedia in the game, article on "Adelie Penguins".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelie_Penguin

As of 8:00 AM (Central time), the first paragraph ended with:

"In 1830, French explorer Dumont d'Urville named them for his wife, Adélie.
A BBC program recently discovered a colony of Adélie penguins on King George
Island that are able to fly. During winter, these penguins fly thousands of
miles to the Amazon rainforest to find winter sun."

At the end was a note: "2008 On BBC breakfast an april fools joke showing
the Adélie penguins flying was shown."

By 9:00 AM, the last two sentences of the first paragraph, and the later
note, had been removed from Wikipedia.

Now (Tuesday night), they added at the end, "The Daily Telegraph, a major
United Kingdom newspaper, ran an April Fool's Day 2008 joke promoting a BBC
special showing flying Adélie penguins."

I especially liked the sentence at the end of the Mirror article: "They also
found a lizard that swallows itself to deter predators..."
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2008/04/01/video-exclusive-first-eve
r-images-of-the-world-s-only-flying-penguins-89520-20369322/ I'm not quite
sure how that would deter predators, but it would certainly be impressive.

Jon Tandy

 

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Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 3:49 AM
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Subject: [asa] Flying penguins as evidence of evolution in action

For a bit of light relief, see the following...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/01/npenguin101.
xml

Iain

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