The fifth of June is Dead Duck Day. The day we remember the mallard on the right.
On this day in 1995 at 5:55pm, the duck collided with the glass windows of a new wing of the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam.
He died on impact and slid swiftly to the ground beneath, where his corpse was then raped repeatedly by a fellow male duck.
THAT WAS A BIT BLEAK – LET'S HAVE A LOOK AT A NICE DUCK.
The crime was observed by curator Kees Moeliker, pictured here with his ducks at the Natural History Museum.
The day the duck slammed into his glass office building, Moeliker's life changed. He made a scientific discovery.
He won an Ig Nobel Prize and did a TED Talk about it 18 years later.