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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

There is a little drainage pond right in front of our office building, and every morning and afternoon I can see the ducks and geese sharing the water, swimming, foraging and taking care of their young. It amazes me that they tolerate each other so well, but ducks have to share living space with a lot of different species, because they really get around.

With over 120 different species, ducks can be found in and by almost every river, lake, pond and even ocean in the world, except Antarctica. So chances are, you're familiar with them too.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life's absurdities by thinking absurdly about them."

HINT: (1895 - 1990), American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and influential literary critic.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

All types of ducks are part of the bird family Anatidae, and there are species of ducks found worldwide on every continent except Antarctica.

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Ducks are precocial, which means that ducklings are covered with down and able to walk and leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.

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A duck's bill is specialized to help it forage in mud and to strain food from the water. A hard nail at the tip of the bill helps with foraging, and a comb-like structure on the sides of the bill strains small insects and crustaceans from water.

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It is a myth that a duck's quack won't echo. This has been conclusively disproved through different scientific acoustic tests, and was even featured as "busted" on an episode of the Discovery Channel show Mythbusters.

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Ducks have been domesticated as pets and farm animals for more than 500 years, and all domestic ducks are descended from either the mallard or the Muscovy duck.

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Ducks are omnivorous, opportunistic eaters and will eat grass, aquatic plants, insects, seeds, fruit, fish, crustaceans and other types of food.




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*** Weekly Mind-Scrambler ***

Three brothers share a family sport:
A non-stop marathon
The oldest one is fat and short
And trudges slowly on
The middle brother's tall and slim
And keeps a steady pace
The youngest runs just like the wind,
Speeding through the race
"He's young in years, we let him run,"
The other brothers say
"'Cause though he's surely number one,
He's second, in a way."

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life's absurdities by thinking absurdly about them."

ANSWER: Lewis Mumford.

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