Monday, January 05, 2009

Peter Duck

Peter Duck: A Treasure Hunt in the Caribbees (Godine Storyteller) Peter Duck: A Treasure Hunt in the Caribbees by Arthur Ransome

My review

This is a currently reading book for me. I'm on page 142. I love Arthur Ransome, and so far, this book lives up to my expectations--it's a great read for those who, like me, love children's lit. Looking for a good book for a child--start with Swallows and Amazons.

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coffeypot said...

Peter Duck!?! Is that the scientific name for a male duck?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Ducks don't even HAVE Peters--no intromittent organ, only a cloaca!

coffeypot said...

A cloacae what? A cloacae of downy feathers?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Hey I was wrong, unlike most birds, ducks do have intromittent or intermittent organs:

Phallus of the Duck

The phallus is the single intermittent organ of the Duck, and is similar to the penis of other taxa and the hemipenes of the Copperhead snake. The phallus is known as the “true penis,” and is only found in the domestic birds such as the duck, chicken, turkey, and geese. It is not present in the many other birds. The phallus is responsible for directing sperm into the urodaeum of the female from the cloacal region of the male (Chiasson 1959). The phallus contains a shaft around the penis itself. When not erect, the penis is found coiled along the ventral wall of the cloaca. It is thought that erection occurs by the filling of internal chambers instead of muscular means. This projects the penis from the cloaca causing it to bend forward (Kardong 2002).

coffeypot said...

Mary?!!?? Do I look like I give a shit about duck dicks? Ducks are made for eating. That's all!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Gee, and I was having such a good time looking at photographs and diagrams of duck phalluses.

What a spoilsport!