A duck`s quack doesn`t echo and no one knows why

duck quack echo
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We have all gotten them: emails (1) with the subject line "Facts To Make You Smile...." Then we are supplied with a list of strange and little-known bits of information of the kind that are difficult to verify.

These interesting "facts" are usually made more believable by appending "... and no one knows why," most likely because many news stories add precisely the same phrase to their headlines when reporting on unexplained but seemingly true mysteries (2).

In addition, the whole list is given some credibility by including shills, that is, trite facts that are true and easily verifiable such as "There's a 'meow' in the middle of 'homeowner'" and "The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache."

Let me give you an example that has been circulating in faxes and emails for decades: "A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why."

Let me say that both parts of the statement are false. Here is the what we know: Duck's quacks do echo, though perhaps softer than that of other animals and we do know why. That quacks echo was proven more than 6 years ago (3), yet the emails with that myth persist.

Similarly, despite centuries of evidence that Islam is a political system bent on world domination with no tolerance for real religions, there still exist today dhimmis, appeasers, and liberal idiots who believe that Islam is a religion.

One can get away with the quacks-don't-echo nonsense because most of us are not often around ducks; and the few times we we do see ducks, they are on lakes where there are no cliff walls for the quacks to bounce off.

Likewise, most Americans and Europeans living today were not exposed to Muslims for most of the last century and so most of us believed what we read in books: that Islam is a religion and no one knows why. It wasn't until the huge Muslim immigration to Europe that many began to see how Muslims acted in real life. When passages in the Qur'an were read for the first time by infidels, the truth began to emerge: Islam is a vile, evil, primitive, savage, brutal, backward political entity masquerading as a religion to dupe unbelievers.

This myth is most prevalent among the young who usually are liberal until they get experience from real life. Of course, there's no harm in believing in the duck quacking myth, however the same cannot be said for those who accept the lie that Islam is a real religion along with the other Islamic myths such as Islam tolerates other religions, see Christians Driven out of Holy Land, Islam treats women honorably, see Muslim Women Slaves in Denial.

Tim Burton makes films about utterly fantastic lands and peoples, Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and other movies of equally unbelievable creatures and places. But he hasn't made one about Islam. After all, that is just too hard to swallow, Islam a religion? A religion of peace and tolerance? Come on, don't take me for an idiot, I'd sooner believe in a boy with scissors for hands.



  • Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
  • Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
  • The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.
  • No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
  • Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
  • Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
  • The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
  • A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.
  • Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
  • Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
  • The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
  • Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
  • The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
  • Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  • Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
  • All Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public.
  • Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
  • Pearls melt in vinegar.
  • Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  • The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
  • It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
  • The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
  • Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second was William Jefferson Clinton.
  • Turtles can breathe through their butts.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
  • On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.
  • On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
  • Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
  • Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
  • Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.
  • The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."
  • Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. SCARY!!!
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  • All polar bears are left handed.
  • In ancient , priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • "Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  • The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
  • Americans combined eat 18 acres of pizza every day.


Daily Finance, 22 Oct 2009, China's GDP up 8.9 percent and no one knows why

China's GDP rose 8.9 percent in the third quarter and there are plenty of arguments, none of them conclusive, about what caused the rapid improvement.

Clearly one cause, if not the major cause, for the recovery is the Chinese $585 billion stimulus package. For a nation with a $4.2 trillion GDP it represents a fortune spent on developing the country's infrastructure, new building projects, consumer spending and investment.

The New York Times, 25 Mar 2008, Bats Perish, and No One Knows Why

In what is one of the worst calamities to hit bat populations in the United States, on average 90 percent of the hibernating bats in four caves and mines in New York have died since last winter.

Wildlife biologists fear a significant die-off in about 15 caves and mines in New York, as well as at sites in Massachusetts and Vermont. Whatever is killing the bats leaves them unusually thin and, in some cases, dotted with a white fungus. Bat experts fear that what they call White Nose Syndrome may spell doom for several species that keep insect pests under control.


BBC, 8 Sep 2003, Sound science is quackers

Acoustics expert Professor Trevor Cox has deployed the most powerful techniques his science can muster to prove the bird's calls will bounce off hard surfaces in just the same way as all sounds.

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