So yeah. This is happening.

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15 Responses:

  1. Ted says:

    For the life of me, whenever I see the "San Francisco Ducks" tours, I can't help but to think of the 19th century Barbary Coast crime gangs, some of whom were also called Ducks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Ducks

  2. Seattle has been fighting to little result.

    • Gabriel Rosenkoetter says:

      We're not to keen on them in Philly either. What with that whole killing people thing.

  3. JR says:

    This thing is exactly why the Soviets needed the old RPG-7.

  4. Injector says:

    I thought I saw something like that in Baltimore. Apparently they call it quits in 2009.

  5. flikx says:

    A lot of cities have these duck tours, but San Francisco is special because they're driven by homeless people.

  6. wkrick says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incidents_at_Herschend_parks

    On July 7, 2010, a "Ride the Ducks" boat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was hit by a 250-foot barge and sank in the Delaware River. The tourist boat had stalled out about 10 minutes after entering the water, with the vessel's master deploying its anchor to hold position. Nearby vessels reported the duck boat had begun sending distress calls, but calls to the tugboat Caribbean Sea that was in charge of the barge went unanswered. The Coast Guard said 37 people were on the boat, including two crew members. Of those, 35 were rescued, with two passengers missing. On July 8, Herschend Family Entertainment suspended all operations nationwide pending the results of the investigation and a maintenance review of all its vehicles; operations resumed at some locations on July 13. On July 9, the bodies of the two passengers, a 16-year-old female and a 20-year-old male, both tourists from Hungary, were found near the accident site. The female body was found near the Walt Whitman Bridge around 5am that morning, with the male body spotted by local news crews just before 10am.

  7. Roger Barnes says:

    I'm heading SF way next month for the first time and only have a few days to see the best it has to offer. Would you say duck tours is a must do adventure of a lifetime, or have I just seen it all here?

    • jwz says:

      It was ironic fun as a local, but as a tourist you have many better uses of your time.

      • Ronan Waide says:

        The Dublin one is actually pretty good, but then maybe that's because it's done with traditional Dublin mockery for everything commented on. Except the Duck itself, which gets much praise from the driver on the last leg of the tour.

  8. Eddie Cane says:

    "Ride the Duck" - Thickest Philly accent ever!
    http://www.philly.com/philly/video/BC110202049001.html