December 16, 2007
Never let it be said that we at Gullible.info are insensitive to the needs of our faithful readers. Recently, we were contacted by one of our youngest readers, nine year old Brett Hollenbeck of Columbia, Missouri. He requested facts about ducks, and we are pleased to proffer factoids that fit the bill! So enjoy this little jaunt with the ducktown quackers.
• Although there is a popular myth that a duck's quack does not echo, the opposite is true. In 2003, researchers at Texas A&M determined that a duck's quack will echo for the longest amount of time of any animal noise.
• The duck-billed platypus only shares two percent of its genome with a duck. In contrast, ducks and snakes share 31 percent of their genomes.
• In many European countries it is considered good luck to "adopt" a duck during the Christmas season.
• During the Salem witch trials, three ducks were hanged as witches' familiars. Another was accused, but cleared when magistrate Jonathan Corwin's daughter adopted it as a pet.
• The children's game, Duck Duck Goose, originated in the 1800s in Jamaica, where it was played by children on coffee plantations.