Everything going on in the world is a little bit hard to stomach. However, there is one sparkling glimpse of hope: and it’s solicited duck pics.
Can't. They gave them all to us. pic.twitter.com/Up8TJFp29K
— Natural History Museum (@NHM_London) January 4, 2019
Museums around the world have, for reasons unbeknownst to the general public, taken to Twitter in an effort to outshine one another with their best duck photos.
Buuut…can your duck float as well @railwaymuseum?
May we present our 1943 GMC DUKW amphibious vehicle: https://t.co/uDgJkg4Mf6
(We were staying out of the international museum duck hunt since, y'know, our collection is more guns than ducks, but we couldn't let this lie) pic.twitter.com/h9BAP9N0aO
— National Army Museum (@NAM_London) January 7, 2019
It all started with a request from The Museum of English Rural Life for the British Museum to send them their best duck. Not second-best. The most top-of-the-line waterfowl the establishment had to offer.
Ahem! I think you'll find @sciencemuseum has the best duck: this is one of nearly 30k plastic ducks swept overboard in North Pacific in 1992 +washed up in Sitka, Alaska. It was used by Curtis Ebbesmeyer + other oceanographers, to track drift patterns https://t.co/vETH6XDfg2 pic.twitter.com/vpV9D6scWl
— Dr Elizabeth Bruton 🏳️🌈🇮🇪🇪🇺 (@lizbruton) January 4, 2019
Whoever is running the social media accounts for these museums truly deserves an award. Not only are the responses hilarious (in both a cool and nerdy way), but people from all over the world are engaging in duck photo-related discourse.
Look at that kind dog taking their friend for a walk
— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) January 4, 2019
Sometimes, all you need is to see a good old fashioned archive of ancient duck photos to get through the day.