Rubber ducks have a long and respected history in the children's world, and most of us remember having at least one in our bath toy collection.
Rubber Ducky Day have an obscure history, no one really knows exactly where they come from, but whether it's our bath time or Ernie's song in The Muppets, we all know about them and want to have a child!
Learn about Rubber Ducky Day
Rubber Duckie Day was created in honor of the classic rubber duck toy we are all familiar with! These toys tend to have flat soles and are made from rubber or rubber-like materials, such as vinyl. These ducks are often used as bath toys so that they can make toddlers feel safe while they are bathing.
A lot of children are afraid of water, but when they see a friendly rubber duck floating on the water, they will feel a lot more comfortable. To be fair, the rubber duck has somewhat achieved iconic status in Western culture, and so it's true that we have a day to celebrate this toy!
However, we are unlikely to be able to thank the rubber duck as effectively as Florentijn Hofman did. He is a Dutch artist responsible for creating the world's largest rubber duck. This is what he achieved in 2007, creating a 105 ft x 66 ft x 54 ft duck. The duck weighs about 600kg! Since then, Hofman has created several different species of ducks of various sizes that you can find around the world such as USA, Seoul, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Japan Ban and some other locations.
However, it seems that not everyone is a fan of the rubber duck! Did you know that searches for "big golden duck" were blocked in China in 2013? This is because activists in China used the Rubber Duck sculpture and imposed it on the Tank Man photograph of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. So those who naively search for golden duck photos will be informed that their search results cannot be displayed due to relevant policies, regulations and laws!
History of Rubber Ducky Day
The rubber ducky's history, at least its origins, are lost to time, but they first appeared before World War I and actually resembled many animals. Rubber ducks are just the most popular breed. During the world war era, rubber was too valuable a commodity to be used on simple toys. During the world war, rubber was an overly valuable commodity used to make simple toys, plastic and vinyl for example. Landon Smart Lawrence was the first to patent a design for these illustrious toys, especially the floating weight, which remained upright in the water. Although this is a patent for a variety of toys, the duck was incorporated into the design. The rubber duck also has the distinction of being one of only 53 toys inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame, which was first established in 2013.
How to Celebrate Rubber Ducky Day
So how to celebrate Rubber Ducky Day? First, shower with your favorite duckling toy! You can use the hashtag #RubberDuckyDay to signify it in your social media posts, and maybe watch some of your favorite Sesame Street episodes to remember that age-old song about Rubber Ducky Day.
If you are feeling particularly ambitious, you can even meet up with some true rubber duck fans at conventions across the US or even set up a convention if you do not have a loved one with you. It might feel silly at first, but you would be surprised how many people eagerly share their collections and stories about some of their most precious childhood moments and the duckling that made it all possible to become special.
Another way to celebrate Rubber Ducky Day is to have a rubber duck race! Yes, you read that right; In fact, there are hundreds of races held around the world, with many in the United States. They are also known as the duck race in the derby.
They are often organized to raise funds for the organizations that need it most. Halifax Duck Derby is one of the most famous rubber duck races. This race, with the participation of 10,000 rubber ducks, takes place at the port of Halifax. If you win the race, you can take home a $1 million gift!
Other awards range from big-screen TVs to trips around Canada. Do you know that a rubber duck could be so profitable? There are many famous rubber duck races around the world, including the annual Stockbridge Duck Race in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, in Scotland, as well as the Great Brisbane Duck Race of Australia, held every year to generate money for the PA Research Foundation.
ObservedNational Rubber Ducky Day has been observed annually on January 13th.
Monday, January 13th, 2020
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