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The Duck Variations is a 1972 play by American playwright David Mamet. The play depicts a discussion taking place between two elderly men sitting on a park bench watching ducks. The dialogue begins with the mating habits of ducks and runs to examine law, friendship and death. 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... Play – literature / theatre A play (noun) is a common form of literature, usually consisting chiefly of dialog between characters, and usually intended for performance rather than reading. ... A playwright is an author of plays for performance in the theater. ... David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American playwright, screenwriter, director and poet born in Flossmoor, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. ... The word duck was also used as slang for the WWII amphibious vehicle called a DUKW. It is also a cricketing term denoting a batsman being dismissed with a score of zero; see golden duck. ... A pair of lions having sexual intercourse in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. ... Law (a loanword from Old Norse lag), in politics and jurisprudence, is a set of rules or norms of conduct which mandate, proscribe or permit specified relationships among people and organizations, provide methods for ensuring the impartial treatment of such people, and provide punishments for those who do not follow...

The Plays of David Mamet

American Buffalo, Bobby Gould In Hell, Boston Marriage, The Cryptogram, The Duck Variations, Edmond, Faustus, The Frog Prince, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Life in the Theatre, Oleanna, Reunion, Romance, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Shawl, Speed-the-Plow, Squirrels, Vint, The Water Engine, The Woods David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American playwright, screenwriter, director and poet born in Flossmoor, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. ... American Buffalo is a 1976 play by American playwright David Mamet. ... Bobby Gould in Hell is a 1989 one-act play by American playwright David Mamet. ... Boston Marriage is a 1999 play by American playwright David Mamet. ... The Cryptogram is a 1995 play by American playwright David Mamet. ... Glengarry Glen Ross - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Oleanna is a play by David Mamet about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students who accuses him of sexual harassment and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure. ... Sexual Perversity in Chicago is a 1974 play by American playwright David Mamet. ... David Mamets short play Speed-the-Plow (1988) is a satirical dissection of the American movie business, a theme Mamet would revisit in his later films Wag the Dog (1997) and State and Main (2000). ...

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Duck Populations - The Green Gate from NRDC (271 words)
Overall, the mid-winter duck migration in and around San Francisco Bay is lower than it was in the early part of the 1990s; however, long-term trends are difficult to determine.
The counts include both types of ducks found here: diving ducks, including scaup, scoter, and canvasback, which feed on mollusks and other animals on the floor of the open bay; and dabbling ducks, such as mallards, which feed in shallow waters and wetlands on algae and other vegetation.
Total populations since 1980 ranged from a low of approximately 56,000 ducks in 1982 to a high of 455,000 in 1984.
Confusing Domestic Ducks (2326 words)
The recent call duck hanging out at Union Springs, NY is a male (with some problems), and can be recognized by his cute look, curled tail feathers, “dusky” coloring, and the fact that he’s in love with a female Mallard.
Although owners of domestic ducks are supposed to put bands on their birds and clip off the hind claw on each foot, that doesn’t seem to happen all that often, and birds are out there without these marks of captivity.
Dabbling ducks are unusual in that the males have a very briefly held drab plumage in the summer, known as an “eclipse” plumage.
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