Penguin knighted in Norway

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  1. Not_Punny

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    LONDON — Nils Olav already has medals for good conduct and long service. He made honorary colonel-in-chief of the elite Norwegian King's Guard in 2005. And on Friday he was knighted. Not bad for a 3-foot tall penguin _ actually, three of them.


    A resident of Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, the original Nils Olav was made an honorary member of the King's Guard in 1972 after being picked out as the guard's mascot by lieutenant Nils Egelien. The guards adopted him because they often toured the zoo during their visits to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an annual military music festival, according to zoo spokeswoman Maxine Finlay.


    The king penguin was named after Egelien and Norway's then-King Olav V. When the penguin died _ Finlay said no one at the zoo knew exactly when _ he was replaced by a second penguin, who inherited Nils Olav's name and rank.


    The current Nils Olav, the third penguin to serve as the guards' mascot, was promoted from honorable regimental sergeant major to honorary colonel-in-chief in 2005, Finlay said.


    The knighthood ceremony began Friday morning with speeches and a fanfare before Nils arrived, under escort with the King's Guard Color Detachment. Nils then reviewed the troops lined up outside the penguin enclosure at the zoo, waddling down the row of uniformed soldiers, occasionally stopping to crane his neck and peer inquisitively at their crisp uniforms before being guided forward by his handler.


    Nils was then knighted by British Maj. Gen. Euan Loudon on behalf of Norway's King Harald V. Loudon dropped the king's sword on both sides of Nils's black-and-white frame, and the penguin's colonel-in-chief badge, tied to his flipper, was swapped for one symbolizing his knighthood.
    "He'll be a "sir" now," Finlay said.
     
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    "He'll be a "sir" now," Finlay said.

    Yes, but will he be any happier?

    Incidentally, it's kind of nice to see my tax-money go to the preservation of comedy.
     
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    LOL, it was funny how the penguin really did seem to be inspecting the troops! Smart bird! :biggrin:
     
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    The only thing problematic about it would be that the other knights(or lords or whatever) might take offence.
    Like when The Beatles received their MBEs.
     
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    Maybe the penguin is in good company -- I'm sure an awful lot of knights are a bit batty.... (groan, that was a really bad joke)

    But you raise a very good point -- if the Beatles were MBE (the lowest order of recognition), then did the penguin get a rank ABOVE them??!!
     
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    With The Beatles controversy, there was probably some generation-gap-thing going on, as well as them generally being a bad influence on the kids.
    Don't think it'll be much of an issue here.

    Of course, now that he's been knighted, he will be the subject of more thorough scrutiny, I suppose.
    The tabloids are probably just dying to scandalize him.

    I think he's got something to hide.

    Not sure about the rank system; we don't REALLY have Lords in my country anymore.(You can become a Commander, and get a medal, but that's about it.)
    In Britain, they've even got their own building.
    (Not penguins; Lords.))
     
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    LOL -- that's friggin' hilarious. Thank you for cheering up my evening!

    And what terrible secrets do you think a penguin could harbor??!! I doubt it can even jack off with those thalidomide wings!
     
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    Very funny:biggrin1:
     
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    Most funny thing is that he has exactly the same walk as King Harald and Crown prince Haakon Magnus. YouTube - King Harald
     
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