Rubber Ducky Day-folks, you just can’t make this stuff up!

January 13, 2013 is                                   

National Rubber Ducky Day

Today is National Rubber Ducky Day! In 1970, Jim Henson performed the song “Rubber Duckie” as Ernie on Sesame Street, and the rubber duck bath toy has been an iconic American symbol ever since. Rubber ducks have been around since the rise of the rubber industry in the late 1800s, but no one knows their exact origin.

Did you know that in January of 1992, a shipment of 29,000 rubber duckies fell off a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean? By 2007, the “Friendly Floatees” had traveled 17,000 miles around the world on the ocean currents. Some are still afloat today! Over the years, people reported sightings in Indonesia, Australia, South America, the Bering Straight, the Arctic, and (eventually) the Atlantic Ocean.

Happy Rubber Ducky Day!

and personally this reminds me of a scene from Blazing Saddles when the evil Hedley Lamar, played by Harvey Korman, sits in a bubble bath screeching because he can’t find his Rubber Ducky.

Oh well, I guess you had to be there.


8 thoughts on “Rubber Ducky Day-folks, you just can’t make this stuff up!

  1. I like “Blazing Saddles” too. Mel Brooks could really make movies!

    I have to wonder how much of an accident those rubber duckies falling into the ocean really was…?

  2. Last year Caleb came and told me he HAD to sell at least one item for the school fund raiser because if he did, he’d get a rubber ducky on a chain. He was in 8th grade! I guess you’re never too old for rubber duckies. 🙂

  3. Rubber Ducky …. you’re the one … can’t believe that there are still rubber duckies floatin’ from 1992 … and ohhh – that was sooo funny in Blazing Saddles (what a great movie) ….

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