Today is Dead Duck Day

On June 5, 1995, at 5.55 pm, a mallard duck slammed into the window of the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, the first big step on its journey into history. I, Kees Moeliker, the museum’s curator, subsequently published the first scientifically recorded description of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck (click here for PDF). The account was later honored with an Ig Nobel Prize.

Now, every year, the duck-loving citizens of Rotterdam gather to commemorate and re-enact  the historic event. We invite you to join us — to attend and participate, today exactly at 5.55 pm, next to the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Immediately afterwards, please also take part also in the six-course duck dinner at a nearby restaurant. Click here for information in Dutch.

This video shows the story behind Dead Duck Day:

BONUS: “Venus’s Last Trip Across the Sun (in a Century) & the Annual Dead Duck Day