You may never have heard of it, but Linesville, PA is famous. Nearly 500,000 visitors a year flock a nearby dam to watch something spectacular: a school of fish so thick that ducks can literally walk on top of the fish's backs. But ducks may not stride across the fish for long. See, the ducks only walk on fish when there's bread to fight over. This seems like a no-brainer - just bus in a class of kindergarteners and a few loaves of Wonder Bread, right?
Well, local officials say that residents and tourists alike have been abusing their ducks-on-fish privileges by throwing everything from Twinkies to half-eaten birthday cakes into the dam. So they've decided to take away bread throwing altogether, much to the dismay of local business owners and small children. And we all know better than to disappoint small children.
Not only is this story quirky and fascinating, it is expertly produced. As part of Long Haul Productions' song/story series, the story is told without narration. Towns people's voices clamor over quacking ducks, news reports, and most importantly the lyrics of Tim Fite's song "Bread In The Water" which was written exclusively for this story. Hilarious and touching moments abound in this story you'll be dropping into casual dinner conversation well into '09.
Photo by Gaetan Lee