Electrocuted dancing ducks at Holiday World

Tuesday, August 21, 2001 8:58 PM
Today a friend of mine at work was telling me of his trips in the 60s to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. He said that they had a cage with a duck in it. When you dropped a quarter in the slot a sheet of metal in the bottom of the cage became electrified. The duck would then dance around to try to avoid being shocked while some music played. He watched the duck dance for awhile then his dad gave him a 5 dollar bill and told him to get some more quarters. I thought that it was an interesting story. Thank God that the barbaric age of the 60s is behind us now.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2001 9:03 PM
lol, thats pretty funny!
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Tuesday, August 21, 2001 9:17 PM
SFStL had some very simular things as recently as the late 1980's. They had the dancing duck, and the piano playing chicken as well as a couple of others that I don't remember, but they were in small enclosed glass booths and you dropped a quarter in and they "performed" for about 30 seconds. I always wondered how they got the duck to dance! The chicken was easy to see, they dropped corn onto the keys that needed to be hit. 
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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 9:08 AM
That's just wrong!
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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 9:52 AM
How disturbing. I'll file this under the "what were they thinking" file.

There are some things I'm glad I never got to experience.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 9:55 AM
How cruel to the poor animal. :(  I can't believe that they would do that.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 9:58 AM
That is an amazing story.  I imagine that happened a lot before the ASPCA came around.  Good to know that was in the past (I hope).   Makes you wonder what is happening at third world parks.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 10:42 AM

angnjc said: The chicken was easy to see, they dropped corn onto the keys that needed to be hit. 


I can remember at Jenkinson's Boardwalk in NJ in the 70's they had a chicken enclosed in glass you played tic-tac-toe with.... same concept with the corn. It dropped where the chicken had to make his next move.  One time either the chicken got full or it ran out of corn in the middle of the game (not sure which) and the game stopped halfway.... pretty funny.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 5:12 PM

nasai said:
Good to know that was in the past (I hope).   Makes you wonder what is happening at third world parks.
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Attitudes have changed alot since then. I don't think that anyone in the USA would appreciate that much now. Imagine someone catching us, putting us in a cage and shocking us everytime someone dropped a quarter in a slot. I'd rather be dead. Now fortunatly, Holiday World concentrates on building great rides.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 5:18 PM
Thats funny, the little whole some family park started off by frying chcikens for pleasure.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 5:24 PM
Actually, they started by being Santa Claus.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 5:29 PM
Yes, yes, i know, they started as Santa Clause Land, and all that.  I live 5 min away from the place your not telling me anything new.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 6:40 PM
Man, that's really sad that they'd do that to an animal for fun.  Disgusting if you ask me...I'm a big animal lover though.  Thank god that this sort of thing doesn't occur anymore...

-Kurt

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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 6:58 PM
Boy, it wouldn't have been to good for yourself esteem to loose to the chicken at Tic-Tac-Toe.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 7:12 PM
LOL LOL
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Friday, August 24, 2001 4:39 PM
HWFC - holidayworld fried chicken....umm....this isnt normal hehe.
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