Fish eggs can survive and hatch after passing through a duck, providing one explanation of how seemingly pristine, isolated bodies of water can become stocked with fish smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
While chicken is the most slaughtered animal in the world, the #2 spot is held by ducks. Rabbits are #4 and Cattle is all the way in ninth place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
In 2006, Mattel's "Furryville" toyline drew ire from real life nurses for naming their duck nurse character "Nurse Quacktitioner", alleging a "medical quack". Despite Mattel pointing out that "ducks quack", the toy was eventually pulled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fur…
Ducks quack in their own regional accents abc.net.au/science/articl…
Groucho Marx and T.S.Eliot were fond penpals but hadn't met because life got in the way. When they did at last meet for dinner at Eliot's house, it didn't go well. All that Groucho wanted to talk about was Shakespeare and The Wasteland. But T.S. Eliot wanted to hear about Duck Soup. historynet.com/encounter-…
The Mighty Ducks (1992) was originally written much darker than the family-friendly movie ended up being. The script had more adult romance, dark humor, and emphasized Gordon Bombay's drinking. Which explains his name being the combination of two famous Gin brands, "Gordon's" & "Bombay" time.com/mighty-ducks/
Bianyifang was founded 605 years ago in 1416, and is one of the oldest restaurant chains in the world. They're known as an original pioneer of the Chinese dish "Peking Duck" πŸ¦† en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia…
The duck-billed platypus coexisted with dinosaurs, with scientists dating them back to the Jurassic period. blueplanetaquarium.com/bl…
When author Flannery O'Connor had a high school assignment to sew a dress, she made one for her pet duck, which she then brought to school to model it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Fulton Reed (Elden Henson) and Guy Germaine (Garette Ratliff Henson) in The Mighty Ducks are real life brothers. grantland.com/hollywood-p…
A condition among waterfowl called angel wing can be caused by eating bread. In ducks and geese with angel wing, their wings become deformed because the carpal joint grows incorrectly making them unable to migrate. instead of bread, feed corn and peas to ducks and geese. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
When Salvador Dali collaborated with portrait photographer Philippe Halsman, Dali originally wanted to blow up a duck using dynamite, but Halsman rejected that idea and they settled on tossing 3 cats in the air and making everything else, including Dali, look airborne as well. artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
In the Philippines Balut, a fertilized developing duck egg embryo, is commonly sold as street food. The egg is incubated and is usually about a week short of hatching. It was once considered a delicacy but is now as common as ice cream on a hot day. mashed.com/158543/the-unt…
If the secessionist Ambazonia region of Cameroon becomes an independent country, it will be the only nation on Earth with a duck on its flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amb…
The 28,800 yellow rubber ducks lost at sea in 1992 when a container ship carrying them from China to the United States hit bad weather. The ducks were eventually tracked to every corner of the sea surface, uniformly distributed. macleans.ca/society/envir…
There's a farmer in South Africa who has bred ducks for many years. He uses the ducks instead of pesticides on his farm. Every morning he assembles over 1,000 ducks into a line to go and pluck the pests out of his vineyard. youtu.be/H6Ehoxu9QY8
All mammals, except monotremes (duck-billed platypus and echidnas) and humans, have whiskers. discoverwildlife.com/anim…
Donald Duck is an extremely popular pop-icon in Germany, where you can buy his comics at most newsstands. In their version, Donald uses a highly sophisticated level of language and "many Germans credit him with having initiated them into the language of the literary classics". mhpbooks.com/donald-duck-…
One American Chef, Cecilia Chang, is credited for bringing over northern Chinese food to San Francisco in 1960. She introduced Hunan, Scheswean, and other northern styles. Potstickers, peking duck, lettuce wraps, and many more. youtu.be/vIJcMb-ag9U
, Steve Gerber, the creator of Howard the Duck lost the rights to Marvel but took him back in spirit by convincing Marvel to do a crossover with a new character of his and added a scene where Howard gets cloned and the real one leaves and changes his name to Leonard while a clone stays behind. birthmoviesdeath.com/2014…
Some farmers in Bangladesh are now raising ducks instead of chicken because ducks can float during floods. theatlantic.com/internati…
Today I learned about the Horned Screamer, the only bird that has a horn growing out of its head. The horn is made of cartilage and grows constantly throughout the bird's life. It lives in South America and is related to ducks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Had Woodrow Wilson lost the 1916 presidential election (which he nearly did) he planned to appoint his opponent as secretary of state and then resign along with his vice president, sparing the country a lengthy lame duck period during a time of international conflict. historylessons.net/presid…
While evaluating security at a Fortune 5 company, a penetration tester was suspicious that the small-town restaurant across the street served black duck eggs, a rare Chinese delicacy. The restaurant was reported to the FBI and was revealed to be a front for a Chinese espionage operation. darknetdiaries.com/episod…
The US Department of Agriculture once had the fictional state of Wakanda listed as a free-trade partner - the Wakandans apparently sold ducks, donkeys and dairy cows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wak…
It’s a 50+ year old tradition in Sweden to watch a specific Donald Duck cartoon at exactly 3pm on Christmas Eve. Approximately half the country tunes in to watch every year. slate.com/culture/2009/12…
Apparently ducks have penises that can reach up to a foot+ in length and that hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent studying them. gawker.com/5993385/i-cant…
A duck is called a duck because it ducks its head under the water to feed. The animal was named after the verb and not the other way around. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duc…
Today I learned there is a horse riding game that is a mixture between polo, rugby and Basketball called horse ball. It started not with a ball but with a live duck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
There are three swimming ponds on Hampstead Heath, London. One each for men and women plus a mixed one. It’s cold, muddy and has ducks, there’s also a interesting history to the ponds. hampsteadheath.net/swimmi…
, in the 1928 Olympics, Australian sculler Bobby Pearce stopped rowing to let a family of ducks pass. His opponent ended up with a 5 length lead. In the final 1,000 meters Pearce pulled ahead by 30 seconds, not only winning the gold but setting a Games record. bbc.com/storyworks/sport/…
Today I learned about Pato, Argentina's national sport. A game played on horseback, combining elements from polo and basketball, where (originally) a live duck was used instead of a ball, hence the name of the sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Today I learned about "Duck Buildings" buildings shape like the merchandise they're selling. Popular in the 20s and 30s, there were stores and restaurants shaped like kegs, hats, and all types of animals. restaurant-ingthroughhist…
In 2009, three New Zealand blue ducks - two males and a female - were kept in a breeding program in England. However, the program was derailed (despite the efforts of the breeders and even the female duck) when the two male ducks hooked up with each other instead of with the female. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Today I learned about the Memphis Peabody Marching Ducks. Every day at 11am they saunter down a red carpet to the hotel's water fountain, hang out for 6 hours then saunter back up to the rooftop. They've been doing this for over 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a Union general who was fatally shot in the head by a confederate soldier, after criticizing Confederate shooting skills. In battle, Sedgwick saw his men duck for cover. He said, "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.” He was then shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Canada had a counterfeit giant rubber duck at their 2017 sesquicentennial. Since 2007 artist Florentijn Hofman has created a series of giant rubber duck sculptures that have been on display at major events. In 2014 the duck designs were stolen and have been used for unauthorized giant ducks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The scientists who first discovered the platypus thought it was fake. Although indigenous Aboriginal people already knew of the creature, European scientists assumed an egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed, venomous mammal had to be an elaborate hoax. daily.jstor.org/the-platy…
In 2003, Dutchman Kees Moeliker won the Ig Nobel Prize for Biology after writing a paper on "the first case of homosexual necrophilia [by a mallard]" after watching a duck die after crashing into his window, only for its corpse to be "raped almost continually for 75 mins" by another duck. hetnatuurhistorisch.nl/fi…
The Battle of Agincourt, when King Henry V led his army into France and came up head to head with a larger army. However, the commander of the French army really screwed up his advantage. He attacked the English army in a very muddy field, so the heavily-armored French became sitting ducks. ancient.eu/Battle_of_Agin…
Dark meat in chicken and turkey is the legs and thighs due to the protein myoglobin showing up in muscles that are predominately used, whereas the dark meat in a duck is in the breast meat. bestfoodfacts.org/differe…
Some farmers in Bangladesh have switched to raising ducks instead of chickens, because during catastrophic floods, ducks float. blogs.redcross.org.uk/res…
When Don Rosa, creator of the immensely popular modern Donald Duck comics (and "The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck") tried to submit a comic book set in ancient Greece to the US mag Lexington Herald, its editor rejected it, stating: "We gear our comics toward a less intelligent audience". kentucky.com/news/state/a…
The U.S. Army promoted Donald Duck to the rank of Sergeant and retired him from active duty on his 50th birthday because Donald was never officially separated from service in any of his wartime cartoons or comics. headstuff.org/culture/his…
The 2nd controller on NES, controls the duck in Duck Hunt comicbook.com/gaming/news…
In 1984, the U.S. Army gave Donald Duck an honorable discharge in honor of his military service for appearances in Disney WWII cartoons and WWII mascots embodied in combat units of various U.S. military branches en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The idea behind the relocation of the Abu Simbel temples in Egypt was given by an Italian Donald Duck comics story, where Scrooge McDuck cuts the giant statues into blocks. ventennipaperoni.com/2019…
Christine Cavanaugh, the voice of Dexter (of Dexter's Laboratory), Gosalyn (Darkwing Duck), Chuckie (Rugrats) and Babe (the pig) died in her home of "undisclosed causes" and was cremated at the age of 51. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Today I learned about Sgt. Siwash, the beer drinking duck who fought with the Marines in WWII, and received citations for battling a Japanese rooster. Siwash passed away in 1954 due to liver disease and their wake was held in a Chicago taxidermists shop. mentalfloss.com/article/5…

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