Interlude: Giant Rubber Duck

Presenting, the giant rubber duck (小鴨 – small duck) of Taiwan, as viewed in Keelung harbor.
Giant rubber ducky - full frontal

While I was staying in Taiwan, the rubber duck was somehow stupidly popular.  It’s like a regular rubber duck, like what you would take into the bath for your baby infant to play with – but huge.   Like, 20 meters tall, huge.

At first, I thought this was the stupidest thing every.  Seriously.  A giant inflatable duck. So what?  But then, as I traveled around Taiwan, seeing signs and tributes to the duck, I got more and more curious.

After all, if everybody is visiting the damn duck, there must be SOMETHING interesting about it.  And so, I visited the giant rubber duck.
Giant rubber ducky - side view portrait

In Keelung harbor, the giant inflatable rubber duck floated majestically, untroubled by the two weeks of constant rain.  Usually, the pier would be chock-full of people, taking photos with the duck, but the bad weather had driven away most of would-be duck admirers.  So I had a pretty good view of the duck.  And it was pretty much what I expected.  A giant rubber duck.  Huge, yellow, and very much out of place.
Giant rubber ducky - side view Giant rubber ducky - rainy weather

Curiously, the day after I visited the duck, it blew up.  Or rather, it blew out.  In front of a giant crowd, a tear developed in the duck, and all of a sudden it blew out, and collapsed into a yellow pile in the water.  One moment, a duck.  The next, a no longer a duck.

Watching footage on the news of the duck blowing out, I laughed, guffawed, laughed some more.  Clearly, I am not a good person.

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