Mate

Cidu Bill on Oct 19th 2017

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7 Responses to “Mate”

  1. Kamino Neko Oct 19th 2017 at 12:22 am 1

    They’re monogamous for a year, so they can get away from bad choices.

    (Conversely, because they keep making bad choices in mates and breaking up as soon as the eggs are hatched.)

  2. billybob Oct 19th 2017 at 12:46 am 2

    In a Far Side comic of one penguin singing “I Gotta Be Me,” the joke was that all penguins looked alike (at least until Larson’s colorist got hold of it) so individualism was futile. In this comic, not only are they different, but they’re mutable, so a passable-looking penguin in 2014 might be an embarrassment three years later.

  3. James Pollock Oct 19th 2017 at 02:23 am 3

    It’s because after one year, the chicks are grown up and out of the nest… no need to stick around with a poor choice of mate.
    Imagine “we stayed together for the children” if the children were gone at the end of a year.

    Apparently, penguin women make poor mating decisions under some of the same conditions that (some) young human women do.

  4. Kilby Oct 19th 2017 at 05:19 am 4

    Why aren’t there any jokes about men making “poor mating decisions”??

    P.S. (Probably because many men don’t care what they get, as long as they get it.)

  5. Brent Oct 19th 2017 at 06:25 am 5

    Actually, it’s just some types of penguins (like the Emperor) that are serial monogamists. Most mate for life… like the Humboldt. Which is why Grape-kun’s case was a bit unusual, in that his mate left him for another penguin while he was in hospital for a bit, and when he was returned, the group shunned him (normally, they’d shun the adulterer). It’s believed that the new couple was accepted because the group assumed that Grape-kun was dead, and never really took him back leaving him lonely. Apparently he died peacefully a couple days ago, with the cutout of Hululu nearby.

  6. Treesong Oct 20th 2017 at 12:58 am 6

  7. James Pollock Oct 20th 2017 at 02:20 am 7

    “Why aren’t there any jokes about men making ‘poor mating decisions’??”

    Because you weren’t paying attention when everyone was telling those? There are whole categories of jokes about men making “poor mating decisions”. There is, in fact, an entire TV show, now airing its third season, called “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (highly recommended, but start at the beginning.)

    To actually answer your question (sort of) seriously, though, for much of history men could solve problems involving “poor mating decisions” by… walking away, and saying “who, me? I don’t think so.” in a forceful tone of voice. Then Maury came along, and that escape isn’t as effective as it used to be.

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