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Astraxaphysis is a leg disease which cripples waterfowl. It eventually proves fatal. This disease is likely the origin for the term lame duck. Most birds with astraxaphysis have little to no chance of survival in the wilderness and are targeted by hunters who savor their juicy meats. In fact, the last two years of Thomas Edison's life involved exclusive consumption of lame duck meat and lame duck byproducts.