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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Duck

At the 1928 Olympics, oarsman Henry Pearce stopped to let a family of ducks cross his lane and went on to win the gold medal.

The number of ducks in the world is estimated to be 1.1 billion, of which the most are found in China. The country with the second largest number of ducks is Vietnam,.


China produces 68 per cent of the world’s duck meat.

The world record for the largest collection of rubber ducks is held by Charlotte Lee of Seattle, who had 5,631 of them in April 2011.

The town of Tübingen in Germany holds an annual rubber duck race every October.

Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland boasts a world record of 16 different species of nesting ducks.



A duck's quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

Ducks quack in their own regional accents.

Most ducks don’t actually quack. Female mallards are the main ones that do make the classic quacking sound, while other ducks coo and yodel.

Ducks have the ability to put half their brain to sleep, and keep the other half awake.

A duck's webbed feet have no nerves or blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold.

A duck feather weighs approximately .016 to .063 grams.

Ducks have very good vision. They have the ability to see more colors than humans.

Ducks are very social animals. Males (drakes) and females sometimes live in pairs or together with their ducklings. They communicate both vocally and with body language.


A duck when diving is hidden beneath the pond’s surface and so 'to duck' is to avoid a blow by a quick dropping movement.

Anatidaephobia is the fear that one is being constantly watched by a duck. The word was coined by Gary Larson in a 1988 Far Side comic.

In 2002, psychologist Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, finished a year-long LaughLab experiment, concluding that of all animals, ducks attract the most mockery; he said, "If you're going to tell a joke involving an animal, make it a duck."

Source Daily Express

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