Rubber Ducks are Not for Wimps!

Years ago, when I lived in the mountains of North Carolina, the local hospital held an annual fundraising event called the Ducky Derby.  For several weeks, local businesses sold numbers, for $1 apiece, which corresponded to the numbers on the “bottoms” of thousands of little rubber ducks.  On the day of the event, participants gathered at a local park by the French Broad River and the rubber ducks were literally dumped from a truck bed into the river, then allowed to float to a pre-determined “finish line”.  No human interference was permitted once the ducks were in the water. The holder of the duck first over the line won a major prize, usually a car.  It was a fun family event, it raised a bunch of money for the children’s hospital, and we looked forward to it every year.

duckyderby2.jpgOf course, some eco-freak decided that it was bad for the environment to put the rubber ducks in the river, so now it’s held in a fountain at the local mall, and is called the “Ducky Derby Dive”.

Today, I read about a “Ducky Derby” that puts this one to shame.

A cargo ship traveling to the US from China in 1992 lost a cargo of 29,000 rubber ducks (and frogs and turtles) into the Pacific Ocean.  Since then, the bath toys have been spotted all over the globe, including Hawaii, Australia, South America, and the North Atlantic.  They have  most recently been spotted heading for the south of England.  You can read the whole story by clicking here or on the picture below.