It's ridiculous, the duck. The giant, absurd duck ducking its way upriver toward Pittsburgh.
So many people are so excited and I have no idea why.
Maybe it's as basic as childhood. As "Sesame Street." You hear that song in your head already, don't you? Ernie, all by his lonesome, singing to his cherished bathtime friend.
Suffice it to say that song's been stuck in my general cranial area. Twitter, Facebook -- anywhere on the Pittsburgh internets, really -- are full of images of and stories about that duck. People planning to see the duck. Or who loathe the duck. Or search themselves to comprehend the duck.
And all I can think of is that song.
So here it is again for the first time, reimagined for Pittsburgh. You're welcome?
Rubber ducky, you’re the one
You give yinzers lots of fun
Rubber ducky, Pittsburgh’s awfully fond of you
Rubber ducky, hi n’at
Without you our Three Rivers’re kinda flat
Rubber ducky, there ain’t nothin’ too jaggy ‘bout you
Every day when I
Drive ‘cross the ‘gheny and Mon
I see you smiling like the Pirates won
Big and yellow and tubby
Rubber ducky, you’re so great
We love you more than a Kennywood date
Rubber ducky, Pittsburgh’s awfully fond of you.