Penguins, everyone's favorite flightless bird. They thrive in the barren tundra of the poles, yet they'd make really great pets. Sadly, their habitat is being decimated by climate change. They're too cute to not want to save.

Sickzaur asked animal lovers of Reddit: What's your favourite thing about penguins?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.


Penguin cuddle huddles.

Emperor penguins form a huddle to keep warm when the temperature drops really low (like during a blizzard). They group together so they can all stay warm with their body heat and fat. Because the temperatures in the middle of the huddle can actually be too warm for penguins, they take turns being on the outside and inside of the huddle (also so everyone has a chance to be warm).

Moogra2u

This warms my heart.

RandomRavenclaw87

The middle of a huddle can reach 37.5˚C (99.5˚F), while the upper limit for penguin comfort is about 20˚C (68˚F).

Halastjarna

Respect.

That the Norwegian Royal Guards have a penguin as their commander in chief; he is also the only "person" to have been knighted by the King of Norway. His name is Sir Nils Olav. Resides at Edinburgh Zoo. Not so much about penguins in general, but a fun fact anyway.

EHDoep

Do norwegian servicemen visiting the zoo have to salute?

Lord_of_Hedgehogs

Yes, every time the Guards attend the Edinburgh Tattoo, they go to the zoo, line up and Sir Nils Olav is brought out to inspect the troops.

EHDoep

Super high.

How high they can launch themselves out of water.

AllTheRice

I do like high penguins.

Sickzaur

Video: Majestically high.

BullholeSpiders

Whatever works.

To launch out of the water, they do this really sophisticated maneuver. They surface, trap air in their feathers, and pressurize it by diving until they have enough. When they do, they release it from their feathers to create a torpedo-like air sheathe and rocket out of the water.

To land, they faceplant.

MyPreciousHeft

So majestic.

MrKittySavesTheWorld

Pics because it happened.

They have crazy long necks.

automirage04

They do?

Edit:BRO!

Sickzaur

Fierce AF.

I like the way the Macaroni penguins look with their eyebrows.

Kennyk11

It's really like frosted tips. Like Guy Fieri but a penguin.

Sickzaur

Penguy Fieri!

Damn_Dog_Inappropes

Boop boop boop boop.

The way they waddle is very cute.

fh3131

I second the cute waddles!

Loreen72

Why, thanks.

Imperator_Penguinius

Body sledding! Penguins have fun too.

Tobogganing around! Seems like equal parts laziness, efficiency and just good penguin fun.

StarchildStChampion

I love that they'll queue up and take turns toboggan-sliding down a fun ramp that they found.

Lemesplain

I think it's mostly just fun.

Sickzaur

So cute.

Their Clumsyness. It's mean but I love watching them bump into things and falling over.

PM_ME_FREE_GAMEZ

It's kind of adorable.

Sickzaur

This is goals right here. Must go to Detriot.

I got to pet a penguin once. I don't know if all the species are like this but they were African penguins. I expected them to feel like a dolphin. Instead, it was one of the softest things I ever touched.

beckoning_cat

Another commenter said this, and I really want to pet one.

Sickzaur

Been my favourite animal my whole life and I'm yet to pet one too but I will be soon. After the next molting season at the Detroit Zoo. Costs $1000 but for 6 people for 2 hours and includes feeding them. Worth every penny if you ask me.

juggalotus67

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!