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Molly Cule
58322.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:51 am Reply with quote

Donald Duck is based upon a Pekin Duck. So are all the ducks in his family, even (best character) Scrooge McDuck.

Not a Peking Duck of crispy duck pancake delicious fame.

Pekin's are a breed of domestic duck bred from the Mallard in China and brought to the USA in 1873 where is now the most popular commercial duck breed.

When they are small is is hard to tell males and females apart, but when they grown males develop a curly tail feather.

58324.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:55 am Reply with quote

How do they make those very flat ducks you see hanging up in restaurant windows in Chinatown?

58325.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:57 am Reply with quote

Scrooge McDuck is the 6th most wealthy fictional character, according to the Forbes Fictional Fifteen.

Here's the rest of the list:

1. Santa Claus
2. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks
3. Richie Rich
4. Lex Luthor
5. C. Montgomery Burns
6. Scrooge McDuck
7. Jed Clampett
8. Bruce Wayne
9. Thurston Howell III
10. Willy Wonka
11. Arthur Bach
12. Ebenezer Scrooge
13. Lara Croft
14. Cruella De Vil
15. Lucius Malfoy

Molly Cule
58328.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:02 am Reply with quote

A duck walks into a chemist and says
'Gimme some chapstick, and put it on my bill'

Molly Cule
58329.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:12 am Reply with quote

Did you know...........
Quacks, that ducks are famed for are Hen quacks.
Drakes have an altogether quieter and more raspy quack.
They sound the same until they are 4/5 weeks old, then their voices change.
Is 4 weeks duck adolescence?

Molly Cule
58332.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:21 am Reply with quote

What is an eclipse moult?

The moult that happens at the end of the summer. For males this takes them from smart colourful feathers to drab camouflaged ones.

As opposed to the Nuptial moult: The moult that happens to males at the end of the winter taking them from drab camouflaged plumage to smart colourful feathers.

Molly Cule
58336.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:32 am Reply with quote

What is duck butter?

Errrrrrr grose. Im not telling. yuck.

58337.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:34 am Reply with quote

Anybody ever eaten a turducken?

This one looks like someone has eaten it, and sicked it up again:

Molly Cule
58340.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:48 am Reply with quote

Natalie, a friend of mine working here says she and her family ate one for Christmas dinner and it was deliiiiiiiiicious. They are unlikely to return to Turkey after such a gastronomic treat. We can have a photo of her and her family scoffing one should we wish.

58344.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:06 am Reply with quote

Are there a lot of recipes which involve putting one animal inside another? I know that one of Hitler’s favourite dishes involved birds stuffed inside animals. (Or possibly vice versa; my copy of ‘Entertaining the Third Reich way’ is not to hand.)

58348.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:10 am Reply with quote

The (reputedly) Fattest Duck In The World, at Houston Zoo:

Molly Cule
58349.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:13 am Reply with quote

Goebbels tried to make out Hitler was a vegetarian.
But he was very fond of Bavarian sausage.

He also put cream and loads of sugar in his tea, apparently. Bit weedy.

61836.  Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:01 am Reply with quote

This is from the current edition of the excellent “World Wide Words” e-newsletter:

2. Weird Words: Anatine
Resembling or characteristic of a duck.
There's a whole set of adjectives derived from Latin that refer to animals, of which the most common are "bovine", relating to the ox, "ovine" for sheep, and "lupine" for fox. Others are "murine" for mouse, "leporine" for hare, "sciurine" for squirrel, "cervine" for deer, and "anserine" for goose.
"Anatine" is from Latin "anas", a duck. The principal stamping ground of this word is in scientific papers, in part because the zoological family containing the ducks is the Anatinae. However, it does very occasionally appear in literature. Perhaps its best-known recent manifestation is in Thomas Pynchon's novel Mason & Dixon of 1997: "I took refuge in wild theorizing,- if Angels be the next higher being from Man, perhaps the Duck had 'morphos'd into some Anatine Equivalent, acting as my Guardian,- purely, as an Angel might."

63508.  Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:17 pm Reply with quote

If we don't have a question which deals directly with ducking stools, they should go in the notes to the duck question.

Ducking Stools were kept in nearly every village and town in England in the 18th century, as a punishment for mouthy women ('scolds'). They were either suspended from a bridge or (more normally) a tall post with a pivoted crossbeam on top. This represented a significant liberalisation from the previous sanction, which was the iron helmet / mask of the scold's bridle, which sometimes had tongue-pieces studded with spikes.

64857.  Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:30 am Reply with quote

Spotted by grizzly:

A consignment of thousands of rubber ducks is expected to wash up any day on the coast of New England - after more than a decade at sea.

Thousands of rubber ducks floated across three oceans over 11 years
The ducks - along with other bathtub toys like beavers, turtles and frogs - fell overboard from a container ship en route from China to Seattle during a storm in 1992.

During the ducks' long voyage through three oceans, scientists have tracked their progress - and say it has taught them valuable lessons about surface currents.

"The ducks went around the North Pacific in three years - all the way from the spill site to Alaska, over to Japan and back to North America," said Curtis Ebbesmeyer, a retired oceanographer based in Seattle.

Question: What mysteries can ducks teach us?


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