Giant Duck Threatens to Bring ExxonMobil to Its Knees (w/Video)

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Photos and video by Monica Fuentes
Don't get this duck angry.
If ExxonMobil collapses by the end of the day into bankruptcy, with company executives begging for forgiveness for their polluting ways, all the credit should go to a giant inflatable duck.

The duck is being displayed across the street from ExxonMobil's downtown headquarters, and if it doesn't bring results, we don't know what will.

The animal is symbolic of the "favorite bath toy often made with polyvinyl chloride, which contains toxic chemicals," says the announcement by the umbrella group doing the inflating.

"ExxonMobil should stop its toxic toying around with our children's health," said Mike Schade from the Center for Health, Environment, & Justice (CHEJ). "Rather than lobbying government officials to protect their corporate profits at the expense of children's health, ExxonMobil should invest in safer chemicals that are healthier for children, workers and communities."

Video of the duck:

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BT
BT

ExxonMobil makes rubber ducks now?  Impressive!  Talk about a diversified business.  Let's all meet up at US Steel HQ next week so we can protest them making bombs

Megan
Megan

Last time I checked, LIVING was toxic to your health.  We're all going to die eventually.

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Exactly.  I personally enjoy living without being afraid of every thing.

simplelife
simplelife

true, we will all die, stuff is toxic, still no reason for ExxonMobile to make toy ducks out of chemicals that shrink penises and kill sperm. there's gotta be a better way...

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

I don't think rubber ducks were intended to be used in the manner that you are, try Fleshlight.

Liana
Liana

that duck is terrifying........:-P   Thanks so much for this story!!!

Liana
Liana

"Try going one f-ing day without any kind of petroleum-based product." - THAT THE FREAKING POINT EXACTLY!!!!  There should be something else!!!  Well...see, the protests are starting to work, you've got half the message.

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

The only thing they accomplished was making themselves look like fools.

Liana
Liana

and getting half the message to Early Cuyler!!  "Try going one f-ing day without any kind of petroleum-based product." - EXACTLY HALF THE FREAKING POINT!!!!  2ND POINT....There should be something else!!!  See, protests do work....you' just have to be smart enough recognize it.

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Actually, I had quite a few, I just realized they were full of shit the older I got.  Don't worry, you will start to think for yourself in a few years.

simplelife
simplelife

are you saying you never had any professors? hmmm. maybe that's the problem

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Smart enough to recognize it?  What in the hell has the Occupy Houston, or any of the Occupy protests accomplished, besides making the lines at Labor Ready a lot shorter?  Quit spewing out the bullshit that your professor drilled into your head and grow up.  The world doesn't owe you shit, life is not fair, and large corporations make money.  Oh the humanity.

GWEST
GWEST

Oh, I wouldn't say that. They also accomplished YOUR MOMMA!!!!

H_e_x
H_e_x

Are you saying there is something wrong with our dependence on oil? Well, I never!/s

squinney
squinney

I love the rubber ducky race on Buffalo Bayou.

H_e_x
H_e_x

If that duck was in Oakland, I think it's safe to say it would have a few holes in it by now. 

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Here we go again, just like the Mensa members who held a "funeral" for off-shore drilling after the oil spill incident, we have another bunch of Einsteins decrying an oil company while wearing and holding petroleum-based products.  Try going one f-ing day without any kind of petroleum-based product.  Laughable, just laughable.  Occupy Chemicals!

Thenonymous
Thenonymous

Well, duuh! The duck itself is made out of chemicals - but IT'S A GIANT DUCKIE!!! What the hell is wrong with you? Why do you hate America?

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

You've missed my point entirely, I love America and the Giant Duckie.  It's these morons trying to attack a beloved childhood toy that has been a staple in this country for decades that I loathe.

To them I say, get you some free-range soap, holistic shampoo, and farm-raised luffas, and leave the duck alone you bastards.

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Don't forget to consult your life-coach each day before you dare tread out into this world fraught with peril and, gasp, chemicals, and oh my, people that make money.

Thenonymous
Thenonymous

Hmm. Good point about them besmirching a beloved childhood toy that's full of harmful chemicals.

Maybe to protect the children's youthful idealism they should've used a giant rabbit vibrator.

Thenonymous
Thenonymous

THIS!!! THIS is why Houston is fucking awesome. The duck is something we can all enjoy - protestors, Exxon employees and law enforcement alike. I'd even be willing to bet cash money that no police tear gas canisters we be fired as a result of the duck, nor will anyone leave on a stretcher.

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