News... I've got good news, I've got bad news and I've got some odd news, as well. Where shall I begin? Hmmm... let's see...
The other night, I was watchin' a movie with the peeps. It took place in Tasmania which, if you didn't already know, is an island off the coast of Australia. The movie was kind of scary but I was gettin' chin tickles and behind-the-ear scritches so I didn't particularly care. Eventually, I fell asleep so I'm not really sure what happened. Probably though, some peeps got eaten by the monsters before and after some other peeps fell in love and then the few who survived were likely rescued at the last, possible moment savin' them from gettin' eaten, themselves. That's usually how those things go. As I said, I fell asleep so I really don't know.
Anywho... as I was bein' lulled to sleep by the tickles and the scritches, I overheard a conversation between the two peeps. They were discussing this place called Tasmania. Peep #1 was pretty sure it was a state or province in Australia. Peep #2 was positive it was near Australia but a country in its own right. Then they started talking 'bout New Zealand. I have no idea where New Zealand fit in, to the conversation, 'cause it certainly wasn't part of the movie. But as you know, peeps get so easily distracted so, I suppose, it was only a matter of time before they talked 'bout something else. Had I stayed awake any longer, their minds would probably have wandered over to Santa Clause or something like that. One never really knows how a peep's mind works.
Oddly enough, when I woke up the next morning, I had Tasmania and New Zealand on my mind. Those peeps must have washed my brain in my sleep or something. Given me subliminal suggestions of some sort. I just had to know more 'bout these two places. So I headed on into my office and turned on my computer. A few clicks later, I had my answers.
Turns out Peep #1 was right 'bout the whole Tasmania thing. It's an island state that is part of the Commonwealth of Australia. I must admit, it was a little confusing and if I was confused it's no wonder the peeps were. The site talked about states and territories and other islands and all sorts of stuff. I typed in, Tasmania-Australia relationship, thinkin' that would tell me the whole truth and nothin' but it. No such luck. Google sent me to a dating site. So not the information for which I was looking.
That's when my my mind turned to the business 'bout New Zealand. "Now, what were those peeps of mine wondering about?" I asked. Oh yeah... they were wonderin' to which continent New Zealand belonged.
Now, as we all know, the business of continents has drifted into my mind on more than one occasion. I have peeps and cats - not to mention dogs, bunnies and turtles - reading my blog from six of the seven continents. That's right... I have fans in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. I've kind of given up on gettin' any penguins to read my blog in Antarctica. As I understand it, most penguins don't have Internet access. Unfortunately, I have come to the realization that Antarctica will be a no-show, blog wise. Such a pity.
Anywho... I had to find out about this New Zealand. A few more clicks on the computer and I had my answers.
Well... I sort of had my answers and that, my friends, is part of the bad news. Talk about confusion! For every source I found, I found a different answer or at least a variation of some sort.
Turns out that New Zealand is not part of the continent of Australia. Well, the peeps and I knew that anyway. No news there. Some peeps said it wasn't part of any continent at all but I found some other peeps who said that no, it is part of the submerged continent of Zealandia. Zealandia? That's right... Zealandia. I asked myself, "Is this an eighth continent and if so, why have I never heard of it before? And is it anywhere near Atlantis?"
And that, my friends, is the bad news. This whole Zealandia business opens up the realm possibilities of submerged continents. You all know how I wanted to have fans on all of the continents. If I can't get a penguin in Antarctica to read my blog, how on earth am I gonna get anyone to read it from some continent under the ocean? I mean... who lives on a submerged continent? Fish, that's who. And fish don't have computers. I know that for a fact. At least that's what I heard... Gosh, I'm never get readers on all the continents now. Talk about bad news. That's news of the worst possible kind, I think.
But I do have some good news. Zealandia is only partially submerged. New Zealand is above the ol' sea level and New Zealand has cats and peeps and... and... and INTERNET ACCESS! What's more, I have friends in New Zealand. I have good friends in New Zealand. Friends who read my blog. So, Zealandia might be mostly submerged but I have readers from the dry parts and am I ever so pleased about that. That's good news for sure!
Okay... now here comes the odd 'cause I just know you were wantin' to hear about that.
They say that this thing called Zealandia is a continental fragment that broke off Australia and then sank. This all happened sometime between sixty and eighty-five million years ago. Well, sixty million years ago is pretty ancient history, right? And Peep #1 is pretty ancient. I call her ancient all the time so it must be true. So I find it extremely odd that she didn't know about all this breaking up and drifting and sinking and stuff. I mean... wasn't she there to witness it all happening? Very, very odd. Don't you agree?