Today, January 13 is National Rubber Ducky Day! This is the day we honor JB Duck, Soapy Smith Duck, Zeb Duck and cousin Eider Duck. We also embrace all our little duck cousins.
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!
Thanks to http://www.punchbowl.com for this information