Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Something completely different

Perusing my prior posts, it would appear that I am fairly opinionated and have a few reoccurring themes. Politics, religion, civil rights, health care and an occasional side trips to parenting.  So I thought I would veer off the tracks and try something completely different, with occasional illustrating assistance from the other fuzzy, yellow, domesticated birds.(Cows are on deck next.)

"If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands." Douglas Adams

 Every continent, except Antarctica, has a native species of duck.

In 1992, thousands of rubber ducks were accidentally dumped from a cargo ship leaving China. For fifteen years, the rubber duckies floated at sea. Some landed on southern shores, while others went north, were frozen in ice for a few years, then broke free and landed in the UK. Scientists used the data to study ocean currents.
"The perils of duck hunting are great - especially for the duck." Walter Cronkite

All of the Peking ducks in the U.S. are descended from 9 ducks imported to Long Island, New York in 1873.

“Ducky” was a common term of endearment in the 1920’s both in the USA and the UK. The term originated in 1700’s England, possibly taken from the Dutch “Docke Doll.”

“The nearest the modern general or admiral comes to a small-arms encounter of any sort is at a duck hunt in the company of corporation executives at the retreat of Continental Motors, Inc.” C. Wright Mills

“Eat vegetables and fear no creditors, rather than eat duck and hide.”  Hebrew Proverb

“When you only have two ducks, they are always in a row.”

The term “Dead Duck” is political slang from 1820 referring to a politician who has lost influence.  Taken from the proverb, “never waste powder on a dead duck.”

“Fate cast me to play the role of an ugly duckling with no promise of swanning. I have played my life as a comedy rather than the tragedy many would have made of it.” Marie Dressler

“That’s my gift.  I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck’s back.” George Forman

“I’m the lamest lame duck there could be.” George C Wallace, the Governor of Alabama, after he had been shot and paralyzed and then voted out of office.

In eighteenth century England, someone with no assets was called a “duck”, possibly from a cricket term “out of duck.”

“I would rather be a live chicken than a dead duck.”

Early bowling pins were nickname ducks and to set up you would “put your ducks in a row.”

The term “sitting duck” became popular during WWII when scouting out locations and vantage points.

Rubber Ducky
You’re the one.
You make bath time
Lots of fun!
Oh Rubber Ducky
I’m awfully found of you!
Ernie 1970

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