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The rubber duck- One is most deffinitely amused!
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Date: 16/02/13, updated on 20/02/13 (65 review reads)
Advantages: There's a duck for everyone!
Disadvantages: none- I love my ducky
"Now Harry, you must know all about Muggles. Tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?"
So for those of you who have crawled out from beneath your rock, stumbled into an internet cafe and have somehow managed to happen upon my review of rubber ducks and are now scratching your head bewildered, I shall explain. A rubber duck is a buoyant bath toy shaped like a duck, they can be made from either rubber or vinyl plastic (which looks and feels like rubber but is easier and cheaper to produce). Traditional rubber ducks are yellow in colour and have a very particular stylized duckling-like look, they are almost cartoony in appearance with two wings tucked neatly at their sides, a big orange bill and small eyes set neatly on-top of their head.
It all began in the late 1800's, when rubber manufacturing really took off and rubber toys began to emerge. Although it is generally unknown when and where the original rubber ducks were made, we can place them at around this time and know them to have been made from a very hard rubber that was being used then. It is believed, that their popularity is largely due to Sesame Street where the well loved character Ernie had a particular fondness for his rubber duck, with the Sesame Street song 'rubber duckie' proving extremely popular and even being nominated for the 'Best Recording for Children' Grammy, in 1971.
"Rubber ducky, you're the one..."
In the USA rubber ducks have achieved iconic status with some enthusiasts amassing collections of over 1,000 ducks, as of 2007 the world record collection was owned by Charlotte Lee, it consisted of over 5,500 ducks. Our friends from across the pond aren't the only fans of these little yellow water birds, who are also very popular here in the UK and also over the other side of the world in Australia, with 'duck races' being held at various locations in all 3 countries, often to raise money for charities local to the event.
In 2001, the Sun newspaper was responsible for a rise in rubber duck popularity in the UK, when it published an article in which it was said that Buckingham Palace had had a bit of a face-lift. A workman, had confirmed that even the Queen is partial to bit of bath time frivolity, as her own personal rubber duck (sporting an inflatable crown I might add) had been spotted in the royal bath chamber... It must have been a slow news day! For a period following the article sales of rubber ducks in the UK increased by over 80%
"One's never alone with a rubber duck."
- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Rubber ducks have come a long way since they first began, having started out as a simple child's bath toy the rubber duck has had to evolve, moving with the times in order to keep it's head above water... As technology has advanced so has the duck, and where there was once only a simple yellow bird, there's now a plethora of brightly coloured, characature and even light up and colour changing ducks! I'm sure as technology advances further the rubber duck, with its humble beginnings as a simple child's toy, will continue to bob alongside other more modern forms of entertainment for quite some time providing enjoyment for people of all ages, and even royalty!
Summary: A place in my heart, and in my bath!