A question about ducks and other animals

I'm just out of curiosity. Why people here (TeX.SX users) love ducks so much? What's wrong with other animals, like dogs, cats, birds, fishes, geese, swans, marmots, penguins, or much more other animals? They are all very friendly and lovely!

I just make this picture myself after spending an hour learning how to use the TikZlings and the TikZpeople package! :))

Minimal working example, as usual:

\documentclass[margin = 2cm]{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{tikzlings, tikzpeople}
\tikzset{every node/.style = {align = center}}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\bear[
3D,
scale = 2,
sign post = {\large\color{blue}Hello guys!\\\color{brown!50!black}It's very nice\\\color{brown!50!black}to meet you!},
speech = {Hey, why am I\\not in the list?},
sign colour = brown!50!black,
sign back = yellow!30
]
\node[name = me, person, minimum size = 3cm] at (-10,2) {Me};
\node[
ellipse callout,
fill = black!15,
yshift = 2cm,
xshift = -6.5cm,
callout absolute pointer = {(me.mouth)}
] {Oh, I'm sorry,\\that's my mistake!};
\node[name = bearx] at (-1.5,2) {};
\node[
ellipse callout,
fill = black!15,
yshift = 1cm,
xshift = -3cm,
callout absolute pointer = {(bearx)}
] {I'm so lovely,\\you see.};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


PS1 -- I'm sorry, bears :))

PS2 -- I recommend @samcarter to make a little change in the TikZlings package, so that the size of the board and the speech change automatically depending on the text written on it.

• Very important question :) About the automatic size change -- I once considered it (and there is even some code written by @loopofpsace) but I think that without it the user has more possibilities. If I would automatically scale things, there is not much the user can change. Without it he/she/it can choose a font size they like, put their text into a scalebox etc. If you want automatic resizing of the speech bubbles, I highly recommend the tikz shapes library, this is also what I used for chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/48214260#48214260 – user36296 Jan 5 at 12:59
• @samcarter making the auto sizing optional wouldn't be too hard, would it? – Skillmon Jan 5 at 13:19
• @Skillmon Maybe, I'll put it on the ever growing to-do-list :) – user36296 Jan 5 at 15:09
• Ducks are the most-loved animals because marmots are beings. ;-) – marmot Jan 5 at 15:43
• @marmot :)) Yes but... what do you mean? I'm confused. – user156344 Jan 5 at 15:47
• Marmots cannot be the most-loved animals because we are no animals. ;-) – marmot Jan 5 at 15:49
• @marmot Oh! I got it! ;-) – user156344 Jan 5 at 15:50
• Related: The Many Memes of Meta – Werner Jan 5 at 18:39

We love any animal, see "The duck pond": showcase of TikZ-drawn animals/ducks!

But some of them have a special meaning here.

Duane Bibby's lion is the "trademark" of TeX, there are also Meta the lioness and the Hummingbird logo of LaTeX(3) project, for more info see LaTeX mascots/associated animals and Why does TeX have a lion as mascot?.

Marmots are the favorites of our TikZ expert marmot.

Bär (a teddy bear) is a very valuable member of Ulrike Fischer's team.

Skillmon is a rabbit, and he likes rabbits, especially with pepper cream sauce :) And his avatar is kind of a rabbit.

Ducks, in particular, and birds, in general, are Paulo Cereda's favorites. He is the author of the the tool arara ("arara" means "macaw", which is a parrot, btw).

He started loving ducks when he made friends with a hearing-impaired girl. To impress her, he mentioned that he studied ASL (American Sign Language), even if he remembered only: "I love you" and "duck". Since saying “I love you” to a just-met girl was not very appropriate, he chose “I love ducks”. The girl, of course, started laughing, and since then the duck mania has become to spread all over the world.

You can find the complete story at Section 2 "Origin and evolution of the duck mania" here. The article is by Herr Professor Paulinho van Duck, of course! He writes the DuckBoat columns on the TUGboat.

Our moderator Joseph Wright is a duck as well.

However, as a proof that we are not biased against other animals, you can see this video.

We love donkeys, too: I need a TeX-donkey

P.S. = there are also users who think all this is insane.
Nevertheless, Johannes_B is Señor Pingüino (mister penguin).

• Please tell me if I forgot something (no, David, I don't mean Chinese duck). – CarLaTeX Jan 5 at 8:30
• Professor Paulinho van Duck forgot a "h" in "text dept" in the linked article… – TeXnician Jan 5 at 8:40
• @TeXnician Ops! – CarLaTeX Jan 5 at 8:42
• Oh, thank you! I don't know about the story of Paulo Cereda :)) No matter the story on chat is true or not, this is really the reason why ducks have been so popular so far. – user156344 Jan 5 at 15:17
• @Skillmon Added! – CarLaTeX Jan 5 at 19:55
• @JouleV You're welcome! Of course, this is the reason. – CarLaTeX Jan 5 at 20:00
• You forgot Joseph Wright (our mod) who is a duck as well. – yo' Jan 6 at 13:13
• @yo' Added! Thanks! – CarLaTeX Jan 6 at 13:28
• Is this community going insane? – Johannes_B Jan 6 at 14:31
• @Johannes_B Going? We're well past that point I think. – Alan Munn Jan 6 at 14:33
• @Johannes_B Added! – CarLaTeX Jan 6 at 15:15
• I just had to ask. After all, i am Señor Pingüino. – Johannes_B Jan 6 at 15:45
• @Johannes_B Added :):):) – CarLaTeX Jan 6 at 16:55
• @CarLaTeX You forgot the Ulrike Fischer's donkeys: I need a TeX-donkey... ;-) – Paul Gaborit Jan 16 at 16:22
• @PaulGaborit Added! :):):) – CarLaTeX Jan 16 at 18:59

Dogs and cats don't taste so nice, but Duck is very versatile. Roast Duck, Crispy Duck Pancakes, Duck burgers, ....

• Haha... you made my day :))) RIP those ducks who are in those food :((( – user156344 Jan 5 at 15:03
• Actually I really like duck meat or goose meat. But I also like dog meat too (although it is weird and crazy to most of you, but... I'm from Vietnam, and dog meat is a kind of Vietnamese traditional food) :)) – user156344 Jan 5 at 15:05
• @JouleV one doesn't eat dogs, those are hunting companions. You wouldn't eat your cousin, would you? – Skillmon Jan 5 at 16:56
• @Skillmon Yes. In many countries, dogs go hunting with people. But in Vietnam and some southeast (I don't mean SE) asian countries, dogs become a guard of houses, or a pretty pet, instead. ;-) Hunting dogs are rare here, I just know about them by watching some movies :)) – user156344 Jan 5 at 17:10
• @JouleV one doesn't eat ones guard, too! – Skillmon Jan 5 at 19:37
• @JouleV -- it's probably apocryphal, but i've heard there may be some relevance in the name of the dog breed "chow". – barbara beeton Jan 5 at 19:41
• @DavidCarlisle Excellent answer. ahahahahah – Sebastiano Jan 5 at 23:09
• Having eaten dog meat other dogs come to me and bark due to my body odor. – Money Oriented Programmer Jan 18 at 0:05