Consider The Duck

“Why do we laugh at ducks?

Why do we find them funny? Did Walt Disney choose Donald Duck as a cartoon character because ducks are inherently comic, or do ducks seem all the more comical because of the creation of Donald Duck?… Because ducks are fat? Is it because we eat them? (At least, some of us do). Is it because of both attributes combined, so that when we look upon them and see how bulbous-bodied they are, we somewhere deep in our minds — at least, the carnivores amongst us — cannot help seeing them upside down on a plate, and so cannot take them seriously as living beings?”
 — Well? IS IT?

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