James Explains Toppling Penguins Amongst Other Things


Welcome back to another James Explains, the place where I answer the questions that no-one else can.

Mostly because they weren’t asked those questions.

I was.

So I will answer them.

Because it would be rude not to.

Tragically Uncool has noticed the fairly regular posting of stuff on this blog of late and asks the following:

I got bored and abandoned my blog months ago. Where do you get the energy and inspiration to keep this up?

The truthful answer to this is that I blog more often when I’ve got other stuff I should be doing. The more I post on here, the more real-life work I’m avoiding. On the occasions I disappear from the blogoshpere, it’s never because I’m too busy, but more that I haven’t got anything I’m desperately trying to avoid doing. In recent months I’ve been alarmingly busy at work, and so the blog has blossomed…

Giggling Fattie didn’t think she was asking a question when she wrote the following (but she totally was so I shall answer it):

Every time I see one of these post I always want to comment but I never have any questions to ask! Why don’t I ever have any questions?!

Essentially you don’t have any questions because you already know everything you need to know. The only thing you apparently don’t know is that you know everything. Which is ironic. But thanks to me, you now know that too.

Suze asks this brainteaser of a question:

The six year old next door, we shall call him Sam…of course we will as that is his name…anywho, Sam asks: “how comes you write silly stuff?” good luck with that.

Is Sam talking about your blog or mine Suze? Because I know why I write silly stuff, but I have no idea why you write silly stuff. Unless it’s for the same reason I write silly stuff. Which it might be. In which case, I write silly stuff because I think it’s better for my general sanity if this stuff is written down rather than in my head.

Pete, takes advantage of the discount I gave him last week (see last week’s post if that makes no sense) to ask this:

Here’s my first discounted question – hang on, that means you will ignore it doesn’t it?

No Pete, no question is ignored on James Explains and I will answer this one too. By writing this.

But fine though all those other questions were, it’s Glen who has given us the conundrum of the day by asking this:

Do penguins topple over when they look up in fascination at a plane going overhead?

Of course they do Glen. And if they’re standing in a line (as I understand that all penguins do) then there’s a spectacular domino effect. It’s one of nature’s true wonders.


And that’s it for another James Explains. If you have a question that only I can answer then why not post it in the comments below?


  11 comments for “James Explains Toppling Penguins Amongst Other Things

  1. May 15, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Are you ignoring me?


    • May 16, 2018 at 7:20 am

      The right thing to do would be to ignore that comment but I’ve clearly failed to do that

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Suze
    May 15, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Sam loved your answer and when I asked which blog he was asking about he said “what’s a blog”….so there ya go. answer that one!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. May 15, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Good grief James, this is rather a late post for you. I thought you did early morning blogs. Oh well it was enjoyable to read before I go to bed. ZZZZ

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 16, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Minor organisational issues


  4. May 16, 2018 at 4:09 am

    Oh, shoot, I thought penguin toppling would be something like cow tipping. I doubt that cows look up at airplanes as they are busy looking down at grass.

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 16, 2018 at 7:08 am

      True. Cows have no interest in air travel.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. May 16, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Once more James, you have delivered in style.
    I have a feeling you would make one helluva information desk worker at a shopping centre, hospital or theme park.


  6. Bryntin
    May 20, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Has anyone asked you a question this week?
    I have a Royal Wedding themed one.
    Is it all over and safe to turn on the telly/internet/radio again yet?

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 20, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Probably not, but I’ll do some research and let you know


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