December 19, 2007

Duck Hunt

There's a campaign going on in Philadelphia that actually involves mass vitriol aimed at someone other than John Street, Donovan McNabb or Alycia Lane. It's called "Shut the Duck Up," and it's a campaign against the loud quacking sound made by the Duck Boats tours that roam Philly.

I'm sort of agnostic on the whole matter- I remember fondly the Boston version of the boats taking the Red Sox along the Charles River after they won the World Series in 2004, something that the Philly boats may, someday, do on the Schuykill. And on our wedding day, during the pictures, the duck tour drove by and waved at us. But still, I've never taken the tour, and I'd prefer it continue, but with the noise at a minimum.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 19, 2007 10:56 AM

How loud are they? The ones in Boston have people inside who will quack at you, but I've never thought of them as any sort of noise pollution.

Also, that link is incorrect - it's including ,"/ in the URL.

Posted by: Jeremy at December 19, 2007 11:48 PM

Hey Steve!

I've been googling through news about Shut the Duck UP! and i came across your blog! I'm Walt Sherman the head of the Shut the Duck UP! campaign. I wanted to thank you for writing about our campaign and tell you that we have an online petition that you and your readers can sign.... it can be found at You can also go to our blog at I can be reached at I'd love to discuss the Shut the Duck UP! campaign with you!

We've got all sorts of cool protests going on and all sorts of people are hearing about Shut the Duck UP! Thanks for helping to get our name out there and stay tuned for more Shut the Duck UP! news.

Posted by: Walt Sherman at January 4, 2008 09:52 AM
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