Mr Penguin dreams of eternal rest in the Antarctic


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Belgian pensioner Alfred David dreams one day he’ll find eternal rest in the icy waters somewhere near Antarctica, dressed in his penguin suit and laid out in a coffin decorated with penguins.

The 79-year-old “Monsieur Pingouin” (Mr Penguin), as he is known to locals in his Brussels neighborhood, dons his favorite hooded black-and-white penguin costume as he looks back at more than 40 years of obsession.

My ultimate dream is to be buried in a deep ocean close to where penguins live,” David told Reuters.

David’s life changed in May 1968 when his hip was injured in a car accident. His resulting limp was characterized by his colleagues as a waddle, and they dubbed him Mr Penguin. As a consequence he embraced an interest in the flightless sea bird and began collecting everything he could find that had a link with the animal…

His wife showed him and his collection the door when he told her he wanted to officially change his name to Mr Penguin…

Proud of the international media interest he has attracted to the penguin cause, David has appeared on dozens of TV shows over the years and was invited as a special guest to the 1992 Amsterdam premiere of Batman Returns — which featured Danny DeVito as the hero’s nemesis “The Penguin…”

He is still well-known in the streets of Schaerbeek, the Brussels district where he lives and where the burghers greet him: “How are you today Monsieur Pingouin?”

Good for you, dude. Keep a piquant smile above your obsession and have fun with it – and it’s nobody else’s business. Eating mostly fish probably is helping your lifespan, too. 🙂