Posts by: Joshuah Bearman

a very smart little man in an evening dress suit

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George Murray Levick, in the early twentieth century, on Scott’s expedition to antarctica:

“When seen for the first time, the Adélie penguin gives you the impression of a very smart little man in an evening dress suit, so absolutely immaculate is he, with his shimmering white front and black back and shoulders.”

But the penguins are oversexed monsters, apparently, to such a degree that Levick didn’t include his observations about the species. From Slate:

While visiting Adélie penguins rookeries, Levick was shocked by the activities of what he called “hooligan cocks.” Males accosted and copulated with other males, females that were injured, chicks that had tumbled from their nests, and corpses.

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The Other Argo

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In 2007 Rumpus pal Joshuah Bearman wrote a Wired article that became the movie Argo. Originally there was a different opening to this article, called The Bond Opening.

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Virginal Super Soldiers

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Why aren’t more people talking about Ghaddafi’s elite team of virginal super soldiers?

We all knew Ghaddafi was a megalomanaical and evil dictator with a flair for fashion. But who knew he could combine all his interests in one stroke of evil genius with the Amazonian Guard, a team of hand-picked, martial arts-trained, marksman virgins in matching berets?

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