History Main / PolarBearsAndPenguins

7th Jun '16 11:44:20 AM WillKeaton
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* Averted in ''Webcomic/TheKamics''... well, [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4771260/ except for that time]] [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4771259/ when Drunk Aliens returned a penguin to the wrong hemisphere]].

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* Averted in ''Webcomic/TheKamics''... well, [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4771260/ except for that time]] [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4771259/ when Drunk Aliens returned a penguin to the wrong hemisphere]].hemisphere.]]



* The word "penguin" originally designated a fish-eating, flightless, black and white dweller of the Northern Hemisphere: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Auk Great Auk]]. It's been extinct since around 1850, though. Penguin comes form the Welsh "''pen gwyn''", or "white head". There have been at least two serious attempts to introduce penguins into the Northern Hemisphere to fill the biological niche left by the great auk [[note]]one in 1936 by the Norwegian Nature Protection Society and another in 1938 by the National Federation for the Protection of Nature[[/note]]. Both failed miserably, mainly due to the penguins being killed through contact (hunting, fishing etc) with the local human populace -- pretty much why the great auk became extinct in the first place and why penguins are increasingly at risk in the Southern Hemisphere.

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* The word "penguin" originally designated a fish-eating, flightless, black and white dweller of the Northern Hemisphere: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Auk Great Auk]]. Auk.]] It's been extinct since around 1850, though. Penguin comes form the Welsh "''pen gwyn''", or "white head". There have been at least two serious attempts to introduce penguins into the Northern Hemisphere to fill the biological niche left by the great auk [[note]]one auk.[[note]]One in 1936 by the Norwegian Nature Protection Society and another in 1938 by the National Federation for the Protection of Nature[[/note]]. Nature.[[/note]] Both failed miserably, mainly due to the penguins being killed through contact (hunting, fishing etc) with the local human populace -- pretty much why the great auk became extinct in the first place and why penguins are increasingly at risk in the Southern Hemisphere.



* Norway technically has both polar bears and penguins, though neither are on the Scandinavian peninsula (which is what most people think of when they mention Norway). There are polar bears on the Arctic islands of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard Svalbard]], and penguins in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dronning_Mauds_Land#Fauna_and_flora Queen Maud Land]], a dependent territory of Norway in Antarctica.

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* Norway technically has both polar bears and penguins, though neither are on the Scandinavian peninsula (which is what most people think of when they mention Norway). There are polar bears on the Arctic islands of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard Svalbard]], Svalbard,]] and penguins in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dronning_Mauds_Land#Fauna_and_flora Queen Maud Land]], Land,]] a dependent territory of Norway in Antarctica.
7th Jun '16 11:43:05 AM WillKeaton
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* In ''Polar Dare'', [[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1267/polar-dare you try to direct penguins across a river while avoiding a polar bear]].

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* In ''Polar Dare'', [[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1267/polar-dare you try to direct penguins across a river while avoiding a polar bear]].bear.]]



* In one issue of the [[DCComics DC]] ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' comic, Wile E. Coyote gets blasted to the South Pole and starts chasing the little top-hatted penguin[[note]] Who first appeared in the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "Frigid Hare"[[/note]]. One of the coyote's misfired schemes results in him being attacked by a polar bear, which he protests (via sign of course) due to this very trope. It turns out the bear was on vacation.

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* In one issue of the [[DCComics DC]] ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' comic, Wile E. Coyote gets blasted to the South Pole and starts chasing the little top-hatted penguin[[note]] Who penguin.[[note]]Who first appeared in the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "Frigid Hare"[[/note]]. Hare."[[/note]] One of the coyote's misfired schemes results in him being attacked by a polar bear, which he protests (via sign of course) due to this very trope. It turns out the bear was on vacation.
2nd Jun '16 6:14:13 PM AndyLA
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For the record, the North Pole is a frozen sea and the South Pole is an actual frozen continent, but that doesn't come up much either. If it did, we might [[FridgeLogic start wondering]][[note]][[AccidentalPun Heh, fridge...]][[/note]] why Santa built his house not on a rock, but on a floating mass of ice.[[note]]The north magnetic pole, however, is mostly located in northern Canada (it's been drifting back to the geographical north over time), which can be used as a handwave. After all, when you send mail to Santa Claus, you send it to Canada, postal code [=H0H 0H0=].[[/note]]

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For the record, the North Pole is a frozen sea and the South Pole is an actual frozen continent, but that doesn't come up much either. If it did, we might [[FridgeLogic start wondering]][[note]][[AccidentalPun Heh, fridge...]][[/note]] why Santa built his house not on a rock, but on a floating mass of ice.[[note]]The north magnetic pole, however, is mostly located in northern Canada (it's been drifting back to the geographical north over time), which can be used as a handwave. After all, when you send mail to Santa Claus, you send it to Canada, postal code [=H0H 0H0=].0H0=] - although some say he lives in the Lapland region of Finland, which is, if not in the Polar Artic Circle, is pretty damn close.[[/note]]
27th May '16 8:45:00 PM HeroicJay
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* In ''Series/MakoMermaidsAnH20Adventure'', Mimmi knows how to speak to most sufficiently-intelligent sea creatures. When feeding some penguins, she laments that she doesn't know "Southern Penguin", only "Northern". This comes off sounding like this trope, but then again, the show does take place in Australia, and a few penguins species really do live to the north of that.

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* In ''Series/MakoMermaidsAnH20Adventure'', ''Series/MakoMermaidsAnH2OAdventure'', Mimmi knows how to speak to most sufficiently-intelligent sea creatures. When feeding some penguins, she laments that she doesn't know "Southern Penguin", only "Northern". This comes off sounding like this trope, but then again, the show does take place in Australia, and a few penguins species really do live to the north of that.
27th May '16 8:44:18 PM HeroicJay
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* In ''Series/MakoMermaidsAnH20Adventure'', Mimmi knows how to speak to most sufficiently-intelligent sea creatures. When feeding some penguins, she laments that she doesn't know "Southern Penguin", only "Northern". This comes off sounding like this trope, but then again, the show does take place in Australia, and a few penguins species really do live to the north of that.
5th May '16 12:11:06 AM Adept
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29th Apr '16 3:19:56 AM Adept
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* ''FarmVille'''s 2009 Christmas event introduced a lost penguin arriving on your farm to be adopted by neighbors. If you posted it to your Facebook page, the description would note that the penguin had walked all the way from the ''North'' pole. There's lost, and then there's ''lost''.
* This trope is avoided in one of the MagicSchoolBus computer games, ''The Magic School Bus: Animals''. One of the minigames involves a penguin who got very, very lost and ended up at the North Pole rather than the South Pole [[labelnote:FridgeLogic]]though one does have to think where the penguin even ''was'' to have to go ''back'' to the South Pole anyway...[[/labelnote]] You take control of the penguin and guide him across the world and back to the South Pole in Frogger-style levels.

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* ''FarmVille'''s ''VideoGame/FarmVille'''s 2009 Christmas event introduced a lost penguin arriving on your farm to be adopted by neighbors. If you posted it to your Facebook page, the description would note that the penguin had walked all the way from the ''North'' pole. There's lost, and then there's ''lost''.
* This trope is avoided in one of the MagicSchoolBus Literature/MagicSchoolBus computer games, ''The Magic School Bus: Animals''. One of the minigames involves a penguin who got very, very lost and ended up at the North Pole rather than the South Pole [[labelnote:FridgeLogic]]though one does have to think where the penguin even ''was'' to have to go ''back'' to the South Pole anyway...[[/labelnote]] You take control of the penguin and guide him across the world and back to the South Pole in Frogger-style levels.
26th Apr '16 4:50:00 AM StarTropes
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* Stephan Pastis of ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' also drew a series of strips involving penguins being eaten by a polar bear. He also had the characters point out the geographical impossibility of this happening, just to head off any complaints from his readers.
15th Mar '16 6:30:17 PM supergod
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* A much-derided scene in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' showed Wolverine hiking through the snow of Antarctica wearing the skin of a polar bear he'd killed.

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* A much-derided scene in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' showed Wolverine hiking through the snow of Antarctica wearing the skin of a polar bear he'd killed.
5th Mar '16 10:31:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* OlderThanRadio: Wyss's ''SwissFamilyRobinson'' was riddled with an impossible concentration of animals and plants on an island. Penguins arrived in numbers on an island that's so close to the equator that it never snows -- although penguins aren't restricted to snowy or frigid climes by any means, the Galapagos Penguin is the only surviving species that lives in outright tropical climates.

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* OlderThanRadio: Wyss's ''SwissFamilyRobinson'' ''Literature/SwissFamilyRobinson'' was riddled with an impossible concentration of animals and plants on an island. Penguins arrived in numbers on an island that's so close to the equator that it never snows -- although penguins aren't restricted to snowy or frigid climes by any means, the Galapagos Penguin is the only surviving species that lives in outright tropical climates.
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