Monday, July 8, 2013

The Big Duck

A few blogs ago we wrote about visiting Lucy the Margate Elephant in New Jersey.  Although Stretch enjoyed the outing, he told me that we should also blog about Long Island’s famous oversize animal, The Big Duck.

Our duck was built in 1931 by a duck farmer named Martin Maurer who used it as a shop to sell his Pekin ducks and duck eggs. The duck measures 18 feet wide, 30 feet long and 20 feet tall to the top of his head. His eyes are made of Ford Model T tail lights.

At Christmastime, the Friends of the Big Duck place a lighted wreath around his neck and sing Duck carols...I'm not sure of the words, but I do remember the chorus of Deck the Halls being changed to "Quack, quack, quack, quack...." etc.!

The interior only has one room at ground level that once housed the ducks and duck eggs, but now is a gift shop selling Big Duck souvenir items. Stretch says they didn't have any t-shirts in his size but he found something better.

The duck doesn’t have a name, although in a sketch from “Between the Lions” on PBS kids he was referred to as Moby.

Stretch says he thinks “Tasty” would be a better name. Hey, where did he get that duck dinner????


Jennifer Wolf said...

Scrooge McDuck had big pockets, Donald had a big temper, but did Huey, Dewey, and Louie know they also had a Big Duck in the family?, lol.

"Duck the halls with bills and feathers! quack, quack-quack, quack-quack, quack-quack, quack, quack!"

Cathy Scibelli said...

FOMCL!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE your version of the ducky Christmas Carol!

I don't remember Huey, Dewey or Louie mentioning the Big Duck in any of their cartoons, but they could have used him. He could have sat on Donald when he was having one of his temper tantrums. ;-)

Paul M. Van Dort said...

Hey Jenn, wasn't there a Daisy Duck? Not nice to forget her and mention just the guys. LOL

Sorry, I must stand up for the rights of female ducks to be recognized.

BTW, the Emperor can eat all the duck he wants, but NO RABBIT or Mitzi will send a Bear Eating Wolf to Long Island.

Remember: fore warned is fore armed ... I would think that four-armed would tend to be a bit awkward.

'gnite all

Cathy Scibelli said...

Thank you Paul for standing up for the rights of Lady Ducks! lol Daisy was Donald's girlfriend. I'm giggling thinking that cartoon today would probably have Daisy taking Donald to anger management classes to be politically correct!

The Emperor reassures you that he would NEVER eat a rabbit, so don't send any wolves here. He's already trying to train Mitzi's rabbit to stay out of his garden, but isn't having much luck, so he decided to adopt him as a pet. Stay tuned for more details about that in future blog posts......

BTW, I could use those extra arms so I could type and write notes at the same time.