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Does Donald Duck wear pants?
dr. Johaan Hop van de Haavelouw, UHADA 2009
“How come Donald Duck doesn’t wear pants, but still he wraps a towel around his waist when he walks out of the bath?” This fundamental question has intrigued inquisitive minds inside as well as outside the circles of Academic Donaldism for ages. My personal guess is that while the feathers cover his private parts perfectly as long as they are dry, they fail to do this when getting wet. Probably just because of a change in the feathers’ physical structure, just like wet hair is more see-through than dry hair. Although I also have a lot of sympathy for the classical Oldigs-theory that male Ducks experience a genital change (for the bigger, so to speak) when exposed to water.
Now, however, I note with great interest that research stipend-holder N.H. Hanseand at SAD has turned the whole discussion upside down with a new sensational discovery: Donald Duck apparently does wear pants! Hanseand has found evidence that Mr. Duck on more than one occasion is seen with his hands put in what appears to be pockets. Thus, Hanseand concludes, this also has to mean that he (Mr. Duck, that is) wears pants. Pants that just look like (or are made of) white feathers and in the shape of very tight shorts, somewhat like the type used by football players in the mid-eighties (without the feathers, though).
speaking, other explanations might also be possible, such as Donald just puts
his hands in between the feathers on his lower body when cold or tired - as I
completely want to refrain from any guessing on whether placing his hands there
might also bring about any supplementary pleasure apart from warmth and rest!
purpose of this comment is, however, not to question the conclusions of Mr.
Hanseand or to promote any new provocative theory of my own. I only want to
direct the focus of my fellow Academic-Donaldistic scholars to two related
references to the matter from the fountain of what I suppose is best labelled
“the alternative sources of Donaldism”, that is sources not published
through the traditional and official channels. The first one strongly supports
the findings of Hanseand. In my - admitted, quite abnormal - scholarly circles,
it has almost obtained cult-classic status, and as it often is with such cultic
traditions, it is not completely clear from where exactly it originates. But
certainly, it has been around on the internet for some years. The tale depicted
below should speak for itself, and it clearly states that Donald Duck is indeed
wearing pants. Something which is a fact to be most appreciated by us all,
the alternative sources of Donaldism also offer a second piece of evidence, which
apparently contradicts the observations of Mr. Hanseand and the duckumentary
referred to above. It is a story, also found on the internet, which apparently
claims to be taken out of Mickey Mouse’s biography or some similar kind of
published memories. In this, as in all successful biographies, he delivers a
number of “saucy” inside information about his close friends, among them
Donald Duck. The tale in question allegedly refers to evenings at strip clubs
visited by Mr. Mouse and Mr. Duck together: »Sometimes the girl would be so
high that she almost got to the end of the lapdance before realizing that Donald
wasn’t wearing any pants...«. The story is even accompanied by a photo of
what seems to be Mr. Duck on the scene (or rather, enthusiastically watching the
I will leave it for my esteemed colleagues to judge the academic validity of the two presented exhibits, but as open-minded scholars, I think we at least ought to include them in our initial considerations before reaching to any conclusions. And if no one else will, then let “The Crazy Dutchman” be the one to throw them into the debate.
 Rector of the Academy has only agreed to reproduce the last scene of the tale with a central piece of censorship inserted, but the male..sorry...main point should still be evident.
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