We sometimes visit the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans and they have a small penguin exhibit. They are always so much fun to watch. Whether waddling around or gliding through the water, they are always so energetic. And they dress amazing. Those tuxedos! Dapper, son! http://www.artisticdyslexia.com/
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BOOM! The Thunderbird beats its mighty wings as it streaks across the plains of North America. Thunder and wind are stirred up in its wake as it claps its wings together. Bolts of lightning flash from its eyes, arcing across the billowing black clouds, illuminating the path of its flight and sending children and animals fleeing in terror.
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On 1 July 1955, four grades of specialist were established: Specialist Third Class (E-4 or SP3), Specialist Second Class (E-5 or SP2), Specialist First Class (E-6 or SP1), and Master Specialist (E-7 or MSP). The insignia was yellow on a dark blue background. It was the same smaller size as women's NCO stripes - to differentiate Specialists from NCOs, they were the same shape as NCO stripes - but were inverted to distinguish them, and the General Service Army Eagle was set in the center. The senior specialist ranks of SP2 (E5), SP1 (E6) and MSP (E7) were indicated by one through three yellow "rocker" stripes over the Eagle. In 1956 the Army Green uniform was adopted. The enlisted stripes were changed from yellow on a blue backing to Goldenlite Yellow on a green backing. The specialist insignia was redesigned to be larger, broader and more rounded. In 1958 the DoD added two additional pay grades to give enlisted soldiers more opportunities to progress to a full career with additional opportunities for promotion. Thus the recognition was changed to six specialist ranks, and the pay grade was tied into the rank designation: specialist four (E-4), specialist five (E-5), specialist six (E-6), specialist seven (E-7), specialist eight (E-8) and specialist nine (E-9). The "Super Grades" of Spec./8 and Spec./9 were given one and two Goldenlite chevrons respectively below the Eagle.
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