Did you know that the first rubber duck was actually a hunting decoy and was patented on October 26, 1886 by George Nye? According to World Wide Weird Holidays, the rubber duck wasn’t patented as a toy until May 8, 1928 by LL Smart.
The patent shows that the toy was specifically designed and weighted to return to its upright position when tipped. Often, Rubber Ducks also contained a squeaker to make it infamous noise. It continues to this day to be a popular bath toy for children.
In 2013, the Rubber Ducky became inducted in to the Toy Hall of Fame. Thereby earning this honor with only 52 other toys.
One of the most interesting stories related to the rubber ducky involves a shipment of 28,000 rubber ducks that fell off a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean in 1992. These incredible Floaters have been spotted around the world, even floating more than 17,000 miles. Thousands are still floating today and can be found as faded white ducks on the beach. The next time you go to the beach, be on the lookout for one of these that would make a great toy for your bathtub or hot tub.
Probably, one of the most famous references to the rubber duck involves Ernie the Muppet from Sesame Street. He sang the “Rubber Ducky” ditty forty-seven years ago, on Jan. 13, 1970; hence today being Rubber Ducky Day. The song flew to No. 16 on the Billboard chart.
What was your favorite bath toy when you were younger? Did you have rubber ducky as a child?