In a speech to the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby group last week, Israeli prime minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu railed against those claiming Iran’s nuclear programme is benign. His reference to a “nuclear duck” led to a perhaps inevitable remix with, erm, DJ outfit Duck Sauce.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then what is it? That’s right, it’s a duck – but this duck is a nuclear duck.”

Used during the Cold War to refer to suspected communists, the “duck test” has found new legs (with webbed feet) thanks to Israeli politicians. In the context of growing rancour over Iran, its latest outing seemed to catch the imagination of the twittersphere.

After John McCain cast the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann” as “Bomb, bomb Iran” way back in 2007, perhaps the hawks now have a new anthem.

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