14 October 2011

The mothership calling me home




***NEWS FLASH***

Just found out I now live less than five miles from a plastic flamingo manufacturer.

So, really, this last move was just the mother ship calling me home.

Their website has all sorts of interesting information about flamingos.

Ahem, did you know...
  • The Flamingo has little or no sense of smell.
  • The Flamingo has been known to fly up to 600km in one night (373 miles).
  • Flamingos get their color from carotenoid pigments in their food - shrimp.
  • The joint in their leg about halfway up that looks like a backward knee is actually an ankle.
  • Flamingos, like most birds, often stand on one leg to keep the foot warm and conserve body heat.
  • Flamingos are a very old species of bird that has evolved over 30 million years. Flamingos can drink hot water from geysers at temperatures that are almost boiling.

Oh Flamingos, how I love thee.

Many thanks to Abby Tusing for delivering this marvelous news!

9 comments:

  1. I love those skel-a-mingos! Hmmm, I have about 8 pink flamingos in the basement that I got to make a chandelier (long story), but could never get it quite right, and abandoned the project. I wonder if I could paint them out as skeletons in time for Halloween? Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. This news couldn't be any more perfectly fitting or awesomely wondermous for you! So freakin cool! Thanks for letting us know :)

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  3. An ankle???? Officially freaked out now.

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  4. OMG - And I thought that the only flamingo manufacturer in the country closed a year or two ago in Massachusetts! You Must get a tour and take pictures, or better yet, a video.? Can you arrange a give away? The flamingo is my daughter's totem. She went to a concert by a band that the lead person plays a guitar in the shape of a Airstream trailer. The leader's mother in law is the flamingo lady. She stands on stage or near the stage in flamingo decorated clothes and dances during the sets. I here by deign 2012 the Year of the Flamingo! Executive Director and Public Relations person Aunt Peaches. I wonder if they have a flamingo Christmas tree?

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  5. And they dance! check out the Youtube videos. You'll be even more enamored :)

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  6. I have a friend who has never been married and has five cats (really) - and she has a weird thing for pink flamingos.....She'll go crazy over the fun skel-a-mingos.

    It is always fun to stop by and read your blog.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I have to know more about the skel-a-mingos!! Did you make these? find these? I like flamingos, but I freaking' LOVE the skele-mingos!!!
    Please tell!!

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