Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? | The Tylt
Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
The meme traces its origins to a post published in a city design blog called City of Sound, back in 2003. But the question really became a phenomenon in 2012 as a popular joke question for Reddit's AMAs and quickly spread to all corners of the Internet. The question was famously posed to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in a nomination hearing earlier this year, and seemed to stump the Harvard scholar.
The Atlantic took the philosophical question to the next level, engaging in some labyrinthine logic to conclude that former President Obama would undoubtedly rather fight one horse-sized duck over 100 duck-sized horses.
... it would be politically disastrous for Obama to fight the duck-sized horses. Think about it. In America, the duck lobby is composed of duck hunters. The horse lobby is made up of horse lovers who succeeded in stopping Californians from buying horse meat. The young women voters essential to the Democratic coalition are far more sympathetic to veritable ponies than a giant, rape-obsessed mallard. Shooting the duck would be perfectly legal under existing law, or would at worst result in a citation for hunting without a license. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But killing the duck-sized horses? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "If Obama killed just one of the hundred 'dorses', he would be subject to legal action and huge fines under existing federal law (e.g. The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, the animal welfare act and, based on a recent case, even the National Environmental Policy Act)," Eadie points out. "There is no sport horsery! The legal implications would have him tied up in court, bankrupt or in prison faster than you can say Secretariat.
Sen. Rand Paul was not a fan of President Obama, and didn't like the fact that he avoided the question—forcing the Atlantic to answer it for him. That's why when Paul was running for president in the 2016 campaign, he went for the jugular and gave a decisive answer: he wants to take on the duck-sized horses.
"I'm running for president. I hear the current president didn't answer this vital question. We should expect more out of the next president. Obviously the answer is 100 duck-sized horses."
Fellow patriot Glenn Beck also sides with Paul, and believes the 100 duck-sized horses make for a far easier foe. Miniature horses are no match for one of America's most recognizable conservative talk show hosts.
GLENN: Yeah, I’m going for the 100 duck-sized horses. PAT: Yeah, but one shotgun blast through the horse-sized ducks head, and it’s over. Right? STU: If we have heavy arms, yes. This is a different discussion. PAT: It’s pretty easy. It’s pretty easy. GLENN: No. But you could take the duck-sized horses. What are they going to do? They can’t trample you.