POKEY THE PENGUIN FAQ!!!
1   FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND
1.1 What is Pokey?
1.2 How is this funny?

2   FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO UNDERSTAND
2.1 Why are things crossed out?
2.2 Where are the punchlines?
2.3 Why does Pokey say "YES" a lot?
2.4 What does "BIF" mean?
2.5 Why do all the characters look the same?

3   FOR PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND
3.1 Who created Pokey?
3.2 How many fans does Pokey have?
3.3 Is that girl Penguin Pokey's sister?
3.4 I love Pokey, but my friends don't understand it, why?
3.5 What is Yellow 5?
3.6 What is arctic circle-candy?
3.7 Why are the Italians enemys with Pokey?
3.8 Are there any other comics like Pokey?
3.9 Where can I find other people who like Pokey?
3.10 Why does Pokey use so many exclamation points?
3.11 What is the Arctic circle letter?
3.12 Do Pokey and his sister have parents?
3.13 What can I do to spread the word of Pokey?
3.14 Is have there been any studies done by qualified professionals on Pokey?
3.15 What is a Pokey bootleg?
3.16 Who is Rick Wallace?

4   THE CHARACTERS
4.1 Pokey the Penguin
4.2 Mr. Nutty
4.3 Pokey's Sister
4.4 Skeptopotamus
4.5 Headcheese



1 FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND

1.1 What is Pokey?
According to the website, "Pokey the Penguin is an educational children's cartoon!  Pokey and his pals have fun and learning about the hazards of the arctic circle!"  Despite this I believe that Pokey is not intended for children.  It is updated daily (not any more though), the url is http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/

1.2 How is this funny?
To some people is is very funny, but to most people it is not funny at all.  It has to do with a combnation of stating the obvious, denying the obvious, ignoring the obvious, and simplicty shrouded by mystery.  Basically it's all about... YES.



2 FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO UNDERSTAND

2.1 Why are things crossed out?
For the benefit of the reader the author does not like to erase his mistakes.  Some people think this is unprofessional, I think its a great idea to bridge the gap between the author and the reader.  Recently, the author has been crossing out some words by drawing a straight horizontal line through the center of them.  I think this is his way of adding extra emplasis to important words and phrases.

2.2 Where are the punchlines?
It seems like somtimes there is no punch line, or the punchline doesnt make sence.  In most cases, expect the least likely thing to happen at the end.  It often involves someone getting hit with a boxing glove or a gun being pulled.

2.3 Why does Pokey say "YES" a lot?
Because he likes to say it.  It is his catch frase!

2.4 What does "BIF" mean?
It is the sound effect you hear when someone gets punched in the stomach with a boxing glove.

2.5 Why do all the characters look the same?
To save time for the author.  You can tell which is which by looking for: bows in hair, headchease, different sizes, different colors, and different ways of speaking.  In some extreamly confusing cases, the speaker can not be determined, most likely the author understands this, just trust him.



3 FOR PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND

3.1 Who created Pokey?
No one knows.  It was most likely multiple people because it says on the website "POKEY THE PENGUIN IS COPYRIGHT © 1998 THE AUTHORS"  If you are brave enough to write to them you will most likely get a criptic responce, something like this:
YES THANK YOU FOR WRITING TO POKEY!!!  POKEY THE PENGUIN LOVES TO READ YOUR EMAIL PLEASE TELL YOUR NICE FRIENDS ABOUT MY NICE POKEY WEB SITE POKEY THE PENGUIN HAS FUN AND LEARNING ADVENTURES EVERY DAY!!!
THANK YOU POKEY
POKEY THE PENGUIN!!!

3.2 How many fans does Pokey have?
We have been informed that Pokey's page gets about 10000 hits per day.  I do not know how many of these people are actually fans or are just people who accidentally stumbled upon it.

3.3 Is that girl Penguin Pokey's sister?
Yes, she is, see #11, BATMAN.

3.4 I love Pokey, but my friends don't understand it, why?
Although beyond the scope of medical science, it is our belief that to understand Pokey, you must have a special gene, some people call it the "Pokey Gene"  Your friends may not have this gene, so don't expect them to understand it, it's not their fault, just enjoy Pokey yourself.

3.5 What is Yellow 5?
You may have found links to a strange band called yellow 5, on the other hand you may have not seen anything about them.  Anyway according to Pokey, "YOU HAVE BEEN DECEIVED YELLOW FIVE IS NOT REAL!!!  IT IS HOAX!!!  TRY FINDING ANY OF THE ALLEGED RELEASED ANYWHERE AND YOU WILL DISCOVER!!! DOES IT NOT STRIKE YOU AS ENTIRELY TOO CONTRIVED TO BE REAL???"  Recently the yellow 5 site has been taken down.  If you viewed it while it was up consider yourself lucky.  It is now just a mere footnote in Pokey history.

3.6 What is arctic circle-candy?
It is a special kind of candy that only grows in the arctic circle.  In its natural form is grows in the ground in the form of little yellow flowers with a green stalk.  Although it can be eaten in this form, it may be further refined in to multicollored candies.  It is the arctic circle's most precious natural resource, Pokey's ememys often try to steal it. Note: it is correctly spelled with a hyphen between circle and candy: arctic circle-candy.

3.7 Why are the Italians enemys with Pokey?
Because they try to steal his arctic circle-candy.

3.8 Are there any other comics like Pokey?
Short answer: Yes with an 's'.  Long answer: no with a 'but'.  Translation: If you find any let me know.

3.9 Where can I find other people who like Pokey?
You can write to me at flf1754@rit.edu or go to the #pokey channel in efnet.

3.10 Why does Pokey use so many exclamation points?
Well I believe that exclamation points should be used when something very important is said.  Wouldn't you aggree?  Well, every sentence out of Pokey's mouth is important, so they so they should all have exclamation points!

3.11 What is the Arctic circle letter?
Recently a cryptic letter was discovered in the lake of the arctic circle.  Little is know about it.  Although many leading scientists have studied the letter, they can understand very little.  Feel free to try decyphering it yourself, the text probably appeared as follows:
domelaothegeraogmysteoaryunnfolpwnsowna
lisnebguwmslptomwmleetreechangeofirthea
ianrtthiecfcuitrucrleetchaenrdeywainldl
bpeoakgeryewaitlblaqtutelsetffoorrtihte
butgogatwosstjvocoskwtithastmewtakenwon
thiscapowlsnoowmgnoapelgohesforknownaie

3.12 Do Pokey and his sister have parents?
Yes, of course they have parents!  The question is where are their parents?  Well we do know that Pokey has a grandfather who was trapped in a crevasse for 30 years.  (#30 - GRAMPA IS ALIVE)  Aparently his children (Pokey's parents) would not search for him so they could keep the inheritence.  This implies that they are alive, so it is most likly that that both have jobs, so Pokey watches his little sister for them during the day.

3.13 What can I do to spread the word of Pokey?
Anything helps.  I printed out a bunch of Pokey stickers and I keep some in my pocket and stick them on the wall whenever I feel like it.  You can get sticker paper and any office supply store.  Also, graffitti is an underated art form.  Use a permenant ink marker to indul your favorite Pokey quotes wherever you feel like it.  Also tell anyone and everyone about Pokey.  Pokey does not descriminate, even the people you would least expect to understand will often suprise you.  The imoprtant thing to remember is if someone doesn't like Pokey, don't force it on them.  (see question 3.4)

3.14 Is have there been any studies done by qualified professionals on Pokey?
yes!
Influence of Genetic Polymorphism on Subjects Ability to Interpret Pokey

3.15 What is a Pokey bootleg?
It is nohing more or less then Pokey fan art.  There has been a recent outcropping of Pokey bootlegs, some of them are funny, and some of them arn't. One thing that the authors have made clear, through some unclear emails to me and others is that they appreciate use of new art rather then simply cutting and pasting their original drawings.  I agree, its always nice when someone takes a different approach.  send me your urls!

3.16 Who is Rick Wallace?
Recently Rick's picture appeared in a Pokey comic.  At the bottom of the comic there was a link leading to Ricks rediculously sad web page (wich was taken down before most people got to see it).  The authors recieved email from Rick demanding that all refrences to him be removed.  So began the "Rick Wallace Cover-Up".  In complyence with Rick's demands, his picture and link were removed from the offical Pokey archives.  However, the authors have no power over the miror sites so the comics are preserved there.  Also there is a replica of Rick's original web site and the original comics HERE.



4 THE CHARACTERS

4.1 Pokey the Penguin
The main character of the comic, Pokey goes on fun adventures every day.  His speach often makes no sence, although sometimes it makes too much.  His favorite things to do are say "YES" and to ride his time canoe.  His main enemys are the Italians.

4.2 Mr. Nutty
Mr Nutty us a snowman, he is Pokey's friend.  He is one of the few known snowmen in the arctic circle, the only other one being his grampa.  His favorite thing to do is play cards.  He also seems to be a bit of an alcoholic.

4.3 Pokey's Little Sister
She is pokey's best friend.  She is characterised by a red bow in her hair.

4.4 Skeptopotamus
The newest of the bunch.  Although he resembles a hippopotamus, it is not likely that they are related

4.5 Headcheese
Looking similar to Pokey's sister, except headcheese she sports a pink anomally atop her head, which is thought to be brain matter.  She is somewhat of an outcast most likly because of her phisical deformity.  It has also been sugested that she is in cahoots with the italians.