15 Things To Remember From March Of The Penguins

15 Things To Remember From March Of The Penguins

March of the Penguins 2 is here, but are you ready?

Whether you are unfamiliar with the series or it’s been over a decade since you last saw it, "March of Penguins" was a nature documentary that became a phenomenon and significantly impacted Americans when it came out back in 2005. "March of Penguins" follows the emperor penguins in Antarctica and their yearly journey beginning in March as they leave the ocean to walk inland to breed and raise their baby chicks.

“He will travel a great distance, and though he is a bird, he won’t fly. Though he lives in the sea, he won’t swim. Mostly, he will walk, But he won’t walk alone.” (March of the Penguins)

Over a decade later, director Luc Jacquet released "March of the Penguins 2: The Call" on March 23, 2018. In "March of the Penguins 2," Jacquet revisits the emperor penguins’ classic tale of love and dedication that so many Americans have identified with.

So in preparation for watching "March of the Penguins 2," here is a recap of facts and the general story in "March of the Penguins."

1. Emperor penguins are the largest of the 18 different kinds of penguins, measuring on average 115cm (about 45 inches) tall.

2. Emperor penguins can hold their breath for more than 15 minutes and dive up to 1,700 feet deep in the water.

3. Emperor penguins are monogamous for that breeding season, but by the next year all bets are off.

4. There are fewer males than females, so sometimes the female penguins fight over the available males. Catfight!

5. After their coupling, both the male and female penguins work together to keep the egg safe and warm. They take turns carefully balancing the egg on their feet and covering it with their ‘brood pouch’ (feathered skin). The egg cannot be exposed for more than a few seconds or the parents risk it cracking in the cold of the Antarctic!

6. Both the male and female penguins take turns making long treks back to the sea to get food for themselves and the future baby chick. By the time the female makes her trek to the sea, she is literally starving after having lost ⅓ of her body weight producing the egg. When the male finally makes his trek to the sea, he has gone 4 months without food and must walk about 70 miles to get to the ocean to even find food.

7. While the female is away, the male stays with the egg through the coldest part of the winter. With temperatures in Antarctica getting as low as -60 degrees C, the penguins huddle together for warmth, taking turns being on the outside and inside of the huddle.

8. While the females are away, the baby chicks hatch. Despite not having eaten, the male regurgitates a milky substance for the hungry chick to sustain them until their mother returns with the baby’s first meal.

9. If the female never returns to her partner, then the male is forced to abandon his baby and return back to the sea to find food or risk dying of starvation.

10. “To find each other in the enormous crowd, the penguins must rely on sound, not sight.” The penguins recognize their partner’s call and will use that to find each other. Before the father penguin leaves to find food, he and the chick sing back and forth to ensure they know each other’s call.

11. Upon reuniting, the female penguin gets to see her baby chick for the first time and then babysits the chick as the male finally goes to get food.

12. The penguins will seem to grieve the loss of their egg or chick by crying aloud. In their grief, some mothers will even try to steal a chick away from another mother. But the huddle will not allow it and will fight off the grieving mother and then return the chick to its real mother.

13. Eventually, the mothers leave again to go find food, leaving the baby chicks behind to huddle together in groups called ‘crèches‘.

14. After 9 months, the ice is melting with summer and the chicks are almost fully grown. The parents and chick all split up as they return to the sea, likely to never see each other again.

15. At the age of 5, the chicks will have fully matured and will also begin the march themselves as they prepare to find a partner and have their own chicks.

I hope you have learned more about emperor penguins, and that you will go watch "March of the Penguins 2" (and "March of the Penguins" if you haven’t seen it yet). If this hasn’t sold you, just remember that Morgan Freeman narrates both!

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

It's like stepping into Hollywood!


I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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