Look carefully at the picture below:
Keep that image in mind.
Back in June, my folks and I stopped at an Autohof on one of the Autobahns. These are combination restaurants, convenience stores, coffee-shops, sometimes gas stations, news-stands, play-grounds, and always, places to use the restrooms.
I had gotten something to drink and was on the way out the door when I saw this:
Charlemagne Rubber Duckie—All Arguments are Invalid!
And the history nerd in me grabbed it. They have all kinds of rubber duck collectibles in the Autohof displays, but I have never seen Charlemagne Duck before, and I didn’t see another one the rest of the trip. The little tag says his name is Karl (Charles).
A rubber duckie version of Karl der Große from a painting by Dürer. And I recognized it at first glance, which probably means I have spent far too much time in the very early Middle Ages this past year or so.
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