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Message 1002220 - Posted: 9 Jun 2010, 20:30:09 UTC

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My question is, if there is a duck with only 1 leg, does it swim in circles??
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Message 1002244 - Posted: 9 Jun 2010, 21:48:14 UTC

If it was an Australian duck it would swim in an elipse.
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Message 1002271 - Posted: 9 Jun 2010, 22:39:01 UTC - in response to Message 1002244.  

are you looking for a serious answer or some silly answer. the quick answer is that they duck would most likely compensate for the missing limb and swim wherever it aimed itself
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Message 1002280 - Posted: 9 Jun 2010, 22:57:03 UTC
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I've run the question through my MX6500 Brainiac Super Computing Device and the definitive answer is: 24, because motorcycles don't have doors.
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Message 1002293 - Posted: 9 Jun 2010, 23:25:26 UTC

Interesting Scare crow. If motorcycles did have doors the Australian ducks elipses would develop retrograde charicteristics.
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Message 1002295 - Posted: 9 Jun 2010, 23:30:47 UTC

But if the duck still floats, it is made of wood. And if it is made of wood, then therefore ....

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Message 1002309 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 0:03:07 UTC

I'm going to go with it could swim however way it wanted to go. Life has an amazing way of adapting to whatever it's up against. Duck would soon discover that it can place it's foot in the middle and propel itself the same way as it always does.

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Message 1002357 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 2:32:42 UTC

I am certain that it could compensate and swim where ever it wanted to. However, it could not fly. I know (I've done it to my down ducks) that simply clipping the tip of one of its wing feathers will prevent flight due to the un-even lift. If you clip both it can fly again. The loss of a leg would result in a change in the center of gravity so it would prevent flight.
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Message 1002372 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 3:54:39 UTC - in response to Message 1002357.  
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I am certain that it could compensate and swim where ever it wanted to. However, it could not fly. I know (I've done it to my down ducks) that simply clipping the tip of one of its wing feathers will prevent flight due to the un-even lift. If you clip both it can fly again. The loss of a leg would result in a change in the center of gravity so it would prevent flight.

Which could result in a Sitting Duck then becoming a Dead Duck, By way of a Bald Eagle. :D
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Message 1002425 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 6:06:51 UTC

I know this LOOKS bad, but none of us really KNOWS FOR SURE how the duck lost his leg. Let us not jump to any hasty conclusions...
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Message 1002450 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 8:13:22 UTC



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Message 1002500 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 12:33:53 UTC - in response to Message 1002357.  

I am certain that it could compensate and swim where ever it wanted to. However, it could not fly. I know (I've done it to my down ducks) that simply clipping the tip of one of its wing feathers will prevent flight due to the un-even lift. If you clip both it can fly again. The loss of a leg would result in a change in the center of gravity so it would prevent flight.


Beg to differ old chap. Many years ago a group of people at a hanger I was working in "adopted" a one legged seagull, feeding it regularly on their breaks. It flew very well, thank you. Landings were a bit lacking in grace, but functional.

The centre of gravity of any living creature is constantly changing (mostly due to moving limbs, and digestive processes we won't dwell upon further). In order to fly, it is necessary to have an appropriate relationship between the resultant lift force and said c. of g. Birds are masters of fine tuning the size and direction of their lift vector, and would compensate for this shift in c. of g. with no more effort than you need to compensate for your c. of g. shift if you wave an arm while walking. Try it, you won't fall over (unless you're really drunk),and you are not aware of the minor changes in your leg muscles that make it all possible.

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Message 1002507 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 13:13:27 UTC - in response to Message 1002500.  

Try it, you won't fall over (unless you're really drunk)

I tried it..... I fell over.
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Message 1002511 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 13:47:06 UTC - in response to Message 1002507.  

Try it, you won't fall over (unless you're really drunk)

I tried it..... I fell over.



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Message 1002619 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 18:18:17 UTC - in response to Message 1002295.  

But if the duck still floats, it is made of wood. And if it is made of wood, then therefore ....



IT'S A WITCH!


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Message 1002621 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 18:27:50 UTC - in response to Message 1002619.  
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But if the duck still floats, it is made of wood. And if it is made of wood, then therefore ....



IT'S A WITCH!


BURN HER!!!

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Message 1002626 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 18:57:08 UTC - in response to Message 1002507.  

Try it, you won't fall over (unless you're really drunk)

I tried it..... I fell over.


But I bet you didn't spill anything.

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Message 1002629 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 19:00:11 UTC - in response to Message 1002626.  

Try it, you won't fall over (unless you're really drunk)

I tried it..... I fell over.


But I bet you didn't spill anything.

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Message 1002630 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 19:04:26 UTC - in response to Message 1002629.  
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Bazinga.


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Message 1002632 - Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 19:12:23 UTC

Well, it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but I'm thinking it probably doesn't walk like a duck. Therefore I conclude that it probably isn't a duck!
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