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So that's where they come from!
And go to, too!
I'm sure they must have mentioned this useless fact in National Geographic, but I'll tell it to you, anyway. Flamingos are pink because of their diet of shrimp. If they are not fed their regular diet, they lose the pink.Extrapolating from this, I have come to the conclusion that leopards eat nothing but old bananas and skunks look the way they do because their diet consists solely of licorice bulls-eye candies. I'm currently seeking a grant to study this further, but I haven't heard back from the fed yet.
The flamingos diet was mentioned in the NG piece
@Jim: Can I be your research assistant when the grant comes through?
Only if you agree to eat nothing but blueberries. I'm interested in seeing if we can get your body the same shade as your old uniform. Once we do that, we'll see if a limited diet of Yipes! Stripes! gum can then put your fruit salad over your heart. If we're successful, Air Force personnel could just be naked instead of having to buy uniforms and it could save millions for the government (unless the blueberries and chewing gum actually end up costing more than the uniforms, but we'll worry about that later.)
I like the ideer of runnin' around nekkid. But I do that a lot now anyway and I don't have to eat nothing but blueberries. So I guess the deal's off.
Which begs the question: what ever happened to those plastic ones you ordered a while back? Did they find a home in the new not-so-Móvil Casa de Pennington?
They're hiding in the grass, as we speak.
I was really torn yesterday. The National Geographic, Bon Appetit, and the Economist all arrived at the same time, Two of those actually require at least some reading
Ah... the American Problem! Too much choice. ;-)
Oh, darling picture! I remember you had the flamingos in the grasses in the front of El Casa Inmóvil de Pennington; did they follow your lawn chairs that blew halfway to Clovis? Hope they're still around.
They're still there, Red, but they ARE fading. Mebbe they're not getting enough shrimp.
So I wanted to find out some more about flamingos ...and who better than Stan Freberg for the real skinny:"...the number of plastic flamingos to real ones in America? 700 to 1. Well, I guess you don't have to feed a plastic flamingo, or take him to the flamingo vet, which reminds me: a while back, I found out why flamingos are pink. Really. It's because of the tiny pink fish they eat in the wilds of Florida. When flamingos were confined in a zoo in some metropolitan city, the zookeepers decided to save money by bypassing the expensive pink fish, and feed them gray fish. The flamingos all turned gray. What city? Probably Philadelphia or New York: "Let 'em eat gray fish, too bad!!!"But there's something all wrong with gray flamingos. I guess you could feed 'em a little Pepto-Bismol. Now you got pink flamingos."
Just be polite... that's all I ask.