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9 Unsinkable rubber duckie facts

 

Photo by Simon Hildrew licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

It’s been said that rubber ducks make bath time lots of fun. Since January 13 is National Rubber Duckie Day, it’s the perfect time to learn more about these fun floatables. Let’s get quacking with these fascinating facts!


9. Rubber duckies didn't always float

Rubber duckie on cat's head.
Photo via Pixabay.

Rubber duckies first appeared in the late 1800s. But these first versions didn’t float. They were solid and meant to be chew toys.


8. Rubber duckies weren't always around

Plain rubber duck.
Photo via Pixabay.

The yellow rubber duckies that we know and love came on the scene in the 1940s and were created by a sculptor.


7. So what are rubber duckies made of?


Photo by Overduebook licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

Despite their name, rubber ducks are usually made of plastic not rubber.


6.  Rubber ducks are iconic

Single rubber duck with nice eyelashes.
Photo by M01229 licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

The rubber duckie was inducted (or should we say “in-duck-ted”!) into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2013.


5. There's even a song written about the rubber duckie

Rubber duck covered in bubbles from bubble bath.
Photo by Simon Hildrew licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

Ernie from Sesame Street performed a song called Rubber Duckie about his beloved bath-time friend. The tune became a big hit and even topped music charts in 1970.


4. There's a rubber duck the size of a building

Giant rubber duck!
Photo via Pixabay.

The world’s largest rubber duck was created by an American man in 2014. Standing 19 metres tall — or about the height of a six-storey building— the duck sails the world and stops at festivals where people can get an up-close look.


3. Rubber duckies help scientists

hundreds of small rubber ducks floating down a river as people watch from the shore

(Patrick Hertzog/Getty Images)

In 1992, three containers full of 29,000 rubber duckies fell off a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean. The yellow birds drifted around the world, washing up on the shores of England, Australia, South America, and the west coast of Canada. The ducks still wash ashore to this day, and they have helped scientists learn more about waves and ocean currents.


2. And of course there's rubber duckie races!

Rubber ducks going over waterfall.
Photo by Barbara Friedman licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

People around the world hold rubber ducky races. Thousands of ducks are numbered. Then they’re dumped into a waterway, and the race begins. The first rubber ducky to cross the finish line is declared the winner.


1. How big is the biggest collection of rubber ducks?

Thousands of ducks with sunglasses on!
Photo by Andrew A licensed CC BY-ND 2.0

An American woman named Charlotte Lee holds the record for the largest rubber duck collection. She has collected 5,631 rubber duckies… so far!