The Daily Shot, Ricochet, June 1, 2017
A few years ago, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman designed and built a 14-ton, 50-foot-tall duck toy. (Because, you know, art.) It looks like the kind of thing that Bert would take into the tub, except, yeah, it’s freakin’ 50 feet tall. (‘Cuz, you know, art.) According to Hofman, “We are living on a planet, we are one family, and the global waters are our bathtub, so it joins people.” Well, if you say so, buddy.
This year, our friends up in Canada are celebrating their nation’s 150th birthday. So for this special occasion, they’re bringing in Hofman’s gigantic duck. (Because … art? Yeah, we don’t get the connection either.) It will make its big debut in Ontario on July 1. Then it will travel across the province. (You know, like you’d expect a 50-foot rubber duck to do for a sesquicentennial celebration?)
However, this gigantic toy duck tour is not without controversy. See, the Ontario government has kicked in like C$121,000 (or about $90,000 in real money) towards this project.
This has caused some politicians there to condemn the expenditure as a waste of taxpayer money. With one calling it an “absolute cluster duck.” (We know. We’ll spare you the duck puns because they only get worse from there. Suffice it to say, there’s a reason some people go into politics instead of a more productive profession like making mud pies.)
We see their point, but consider the alternative. After all, what would we do without government? It’d be a 50-foot-duck-free Hobbesian hellscape.