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Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. Highly adapted for life in the water, their little wings have evolved into flippers that propel them upward of 17 MPH. Penguins swimming look very similar to birds in flight—without the sky part. Their bowling ball figure is slick when sliding belly first on the snow or diving underwater, but makes for an ongoing balancing exercise while on land. Though stylish, their tuxedo-like appearance is primarily designed for protection. While swimming, their white underside is hard to distinguish from the surface reflection for underwater predators—and their black back does the same for overhead. Thus their team motto—look sharp, be safe.
First invented in 1939, a wing corkscrew, (sometimes called a butterfly corkscrew or angel corkscrew), has a couple basic of components—two levers and a pointed metallic helix (or worm). It’s a two-step process. First, twist the worm into the cork, at which time the levers are raised signaling step two. Simply folding down the ‘wings’ draws the cork from the bottle in one smooth motion—as if by magic. The secret is the rack and pinion mechanism connecting the levers to the body transferring the necessary power to pluck the cork. There is a reason this elegant household tool has retained its basic original design—it’s fun and works every time! Having successfully operated this heavy machinery without puncturing your hand or eye always comes with a reward—or two.