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National Rubber Ducky Day

National Rubber Ducky Day

1. They contribute to worthy causes.
Rubber duckies are used as emblems to raise money for medical research and charity organizations all around the world. The Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers in Valencia, California organize a Rubber Ducky Festival every year to raise funds for their initiatives. Over 50,000 ducks swam the Danube River for the United Nations Children's Fund. The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby in Chicago generates funds for the Illinois Special Olympics.

2. Because Ernie says so
The date of National Rubber Ducky Day comes from Sesame Street, when Ernie declared the toy's birthday to be January 13th. He adored the duck and made sure it was always present during bath time. His renowned Rubber Duckie song was such a smash that it was nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording for Children and reached number 16 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart in 1970!

3. They are adored by the Queen.
Supposedly. In 2001, rumors circulated that Queen Elizabeth II had her own royal rubber ducky in the lavatory, replete with a crown, thanks to a British newspaper. Fans went nuts, and sales of the item increased by an incredible 80%!


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