Angel: Is that what you think you are--a hero? Spike: Saved the world didn't I? Angel: Once. Talk to me after you've done it a couple more times.


Goodbye and Good Riddance 2005: the Year of the Penguin  

Every year we watch the Charlie Brown special, do the Snoopy dance, wish everybody a Merry Christmukkah, and thank our Secret Santas in the good riddance thread. Which is this one, in case you were wondering. Oh, and 2005? Don't think we've forgotten about you.

tommyrot - Dec 15, 2005 7:43:20 am PST #42 of 506
Sir, it's not an offence to let your cat eat your bacon. Okay? And we don't arrest cats, I'm very sorry.

Japanese Get Fat Penguins to Exercise

Cute picture!

TOKYO - It's wintertime and the king penguins at a zoo in northern Japan are putting on weight. But the keepers there have a solution: exercise.

Authorities at Asahiyama Zoo are taking the penguins on 500-yard walks on the snowy grounds twice a day, said zoo spokesman Tetsuo Yamazaki.

Jessica - Dec 15, 2005 8:06:43 am PST #43 of 506
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

And hee, I did not know about South African penguins.

There's a beach in Cape Town where penguins have set up a colony, in spite of the fact that the beach is also full of tourists. It's ADORABLE.

juliana - Dec 15, 2005 8:12:42 am PST #44 of 506
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I miss them all tonight…

Erika, that's an awesome gift! Thanks.

Usually I try to find the good in each year rather than concentrate on the bad.

This year.

Not so much.

May 2006 remind me that there are good things in the world and a couple of them can happen to me.

What. MG. Said.

erikaj - Dec 15, 2005 8:38:41 am PST #45 of 506
If Scooby Doo taught me anything, it's that the only thing to fear is real-estate developers.Lisa Simpson

You're welcome, everyone.Gus, bunk, I didn't know you'd joined the brotherhood and stuff. It's better for our profile than for you, I'm sure.

Miracleman - Dec 15, 2005 8:57:21 am PST #46 of 506
No, I don't think I will - me, quoting Captain Steve Rogers, to all of 2020

There have been some grand things that happened this year.

But other things...

Damn you, 2005. Damn you straight to hell.

erikaj - Dec 15, 2005 9:03:29 am PST #47 of 506
If Scooby Doo taught me anything, it's that the only thing to fear is real-estate developers.Lisa Simpson


Trudy Booth - Dec 15, 2005 9:28:55 am PST #48 of 506
Greece's financial crisis threatens to take down all of Western civilization - a civilization they themselves founded. A rather tragic irony - which is something they also invented. - Jon Stewart

On December 26th Natural Disaster Year From HELL will end.

I think I'll gather with the loved ones, toast all those poor souls, and pray we never see 365 days like that again.

Laura - Dec 15, 2005 1:03:28 pm PST #49 of 506
Our wings are not tired.

Whee! I just finished sealing the box to mail off my package to my secret giftee! Of course the recipient will be annoyed with the excess use of tape, but I wanted the unwrapping to take as long as possible. Gonna get this to the reindeer right now.

Theodosia - Dec 15, 2005 5:04:10 pm PST #50 of 506
'we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn't end any time soon"

Don't forget to toast MY BIRTHDAY on the 26th, as long as you're in a toasty mood....

Nicole - Dec 15, 2005 5:10:38 pm PST #51 of 506
I'm getting the pig!

I mailed off my package to my secret giftee today too!! Yay! I hope they like it. (eep!)

Beware, gifters! The very snooty lady at the post office was oh so kind to point out to me that they *prefer* holiday packages to be mailed by the 14th.

"Uh-huh. I'd *prefer* to be less hungry and independently wealthy. How 'bout you just tell me how much I owe you, m'kay pumpkin?"

Yeesh. ONE DAY after the cut off date. Thank goodness my box was up to code. The poor dude in front of me wasn't as lucky.