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Antarctica Post Office Is Hiring

The job requires a whole lot of penguin wrangling.

Port Lockroy, courtesy of Mike Merritt

Attention all Millennials looking for work! We may have the position for you, if you can stand the sometimes-brutal working conditions. Recently, those who applied to run the post office in Goudier, a micro island off the Antarctic Peninsula, were warned about some of the unusual job hazards they might face. These include extremes in temperature, a lack of running water, and the possibility of being ravaged by the island’s 2,000-plus penguins, described as “smelly” and intrusive.

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When Humans Fight, but Animals Win

Penguins have resorted to using landmines to keep pesky humans away.

Chances are when you think “Falkland Islands,” you think of the extremely disproportionate war in 1982, when Argentina and the United Kingdom faced off over 200-some rocky islands off the coast of South America. The 74-day-long conflict incurred over 900 casualties, and reaffirmed the UK’s sovereignty over the Falkland’s roughly 1,800 people and 400,000 sheep. But for some scientists and conservationists, the Falkland Islands mean one thing: penguins. Home to one million Gentoo, King, Macaroni, Magellanic, and Southern Rockhopper penguins, the islands boast a stunning and diverse population of aquatic birds. Amazingly, their ability to thrive can largely be linked back to the military excesses of the war.

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The 7 Most Awesome Pop Culture Penguins

One World Penguin Day, here are seven awesome penguins in pop culture.

April 25 is World Penguin Day—the day we celebrate one of the most adorable aquatic species known to man. Due to their undeniable charm, penguins have been muse to creators in many mediums, including cartoons, comic books, movies, and music. So in honor of World Penguin Day, here's a roundup of our favorite flippered friends as portrayed in pop culture, starting with the touching March of the Penguins. (And did you know that Looney Tunes actually created a character called "Playboy Penguin?")

But while you check out the list below, keep in mind that out of the 18 species of penguins, 13 are thought to be in decline and five species are endangered due to climate change, habitat and food loss, and pollution. So after checking out the roundup, think about taking action to protect Arctic Penguins from losing their home.

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