Who doesn't love a good rubber duckie story??
10 JANUARY 1992: Somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean nearly 29,000 First Years bath toys, including bright yellow rubber ducks, are spilled from a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean.
16 NOVEMBER 1992: Caught in the Subpolar Gyre (counter-clockwise ocean current in the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Siberia), the ducks take 10 months to begin landing on the shores of Alaska.
EARLY 1995: The ducks take three years to circle around. East from the drop site to Alaska, then west and south to Japan before turning back north and east passing the original drop site and again landing in North America. Some ducks are even found In Hawaii. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) worked out that the ducks travel approximately 50 per pent faster than the water in the current.
1995 - 2000: Some intrepid ducks escape the Subpolar Gyre and head North, through the Bering Straight and into the frozen waters of the Arctic. Frozen into the ice the ducks travel slowly across the pole, moving ever eastward.
2000: Ducks begin reaching the North Atlantic where they begin to thaw and move Southward. Soon ducks are sighted bobbing in the waves from Maine to Massachusetts.
2001: Ducks are tracked in the area where the Titanic sank.
Rubber duckies are cute-I like the original ones, but the new, funky black devil ones are funny.
Kitsap Credit Union is working together with the Silverdale Rotary Club to present the Great Kitsap Duck Race. This annual race is more than an engaging competition for the ducks; it helps finance more than 50 Kitsap County non-profit organizations. Call our information line to adopt your ducks for an opportunity to win a new truck, one million dollars, vacations and many other prizes including $1,000 from Kitsap Credit Union.
Rubber duckies are everywhere....
- In the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), the character Arthur Weasley, on meeting Harry Potter for the first time, says: "Now, Harry you must know all about Muggles, tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?".
- Sesame Street character Ernie has a rubber duck as his "bathtime friend", and has even composed two songs dedicated to his duck (I have been singing one of them for the last 15 minutes!).
- In "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" Series, the Captain of the "B" Ark (Who is constantly taking a bath) in the Golgafrincham Ark Fleet has a rubber duck. The Captain claims, "One's never alone with a rubber duck." (I have no idea what this is---but it's a great quote!)
- In the film Constantine, John Constantine, played by Keanu Reeves, has a rubber duckie on the side of his bathtub.
- In the video game Toy Story 2, in one of the backyards there is a large rubber duck which you are supposed to pump up, throw into the pool and jump on in order to retrieve a token.
- There is a rubber duck featured somewhere in each game of the Hitman series.
In Kitsap County, WA, there is an annual duck race, which I hear is one of the top 15 in the nation. Proceeds from this year's sales will benefit Hospice of Kitsap County. The group's goal is to raise $100,000 this year-last year they raised $82,000. They donate the money to a local non-profit, which is absolutely awesome.
The ducks will be dropped in the water off a barge. Owners of the first few ducks to cross the finish line win prizes. And one lucky duck owner will be the recipient of a 2007 Nissan Frontier King Cab pickup from Advantage Nissan. They can choose the truck, or $16,000.
What a fun idea...I wonder if there's some impact on the environment we should care about...I am not really wondering that hard though---cause it's too cute to see a thousand rubber duckies floating across the water.