Seaside Spine Symposium

I’m not a particularly funny person, but I like to surround myself with funny people and chameleon with them until by association people think I’m funny also.  But I’m really not, so that’s why this next picture is a bit of a personal victory: I think it’s hilarious.

GET IT!?  wait for it… wait for it… it’s funny ’cause they’re invertebrates… i.e. no spine.
 
This was a poor location for our chiropractor penguin to choose for his annual Spine Symposium.  He wanted a picturesque setting to present the most recent findings about the importance of a healthy spine and the benefits of regular chiropractic care, but he had an oversight on the type of crowd this particular venue would attract.
 
There had been a long-standing perception that the spineless were a hostile bunch… intolerant towards all those with a backbone and hateful of what a some viewed as “higher evolution”.  Penguin was in dangerous territory, surrounded by invertebrates on the sand and sea.  They were coming closer, closer, closer.  What is he going to do!?  Will the symposium be ruined?! 
The suspense is unbearable….
 
As it turns out, it wasn’t a total disaster.  At first, he thought: “I’m a gonner” but when it became obvious that the strange-looking seaside residents weren’t going to cause any trouble and were only approaching to get a good view of the presentation, his priorities returned again to the symposium he had worked so hard on.  He thought: “this is useless, it’s ruined”…  but amid his despair, he saw an opportunity: “I’ll convert them! Spines for all!” He was excited by this possibility, but when faced with the immediate and obvious challenges, he relented: “Oh well, I guess I can still educate them” and so he did. 
 
They turned out to be a polite and attentive crowd, very interested in the subject matter because it was foreign and intriguing to them.  They asked a lot of intelligent questions and at the end of the symposium, the historic divide between vertebrates and our little spineless wonders had been narrowed significantly, if not closed entirely.  Although no new patients came out of it for the penguin, the symposium was a success because lasting friendships formed and two groups of animals learned to respect each other for what they are.  Today, vertebrates and invertebrates happily coexist, mutually appreciating and celebrating their differences. 
 
So that’s how it came to be.  Good work, Penguin.

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