My beleaguered mother, no doubt shaking her head about my wee obsession with rubber duckies, very kindly sent me the following scan the other day…
Although I couldn’t help but think that this image was cute cute cute, on some level I’ve since been quite perturbed about the abuse of the humble rubber duckie by the advertising industry.
I mean, the rubber duckie is not just a plaything for our use and abuse, you know. It is an extraordinarily hardy and brave species.
These are some rubber duckies and other plastic toys which crossed the Pacific Ocean from China and ended up all the way in New England, 11 years after falling off a container ship. They were apparently quite the speed demons, travelling at double the rate that the water in the North Pacific moves. They washed up back in 2003 and a reward was offered for a specific duckie which had gone completely white from its trials and tribulations at sea.
I’m not sure the reward was ever collected. But you can read about their journey here, if you’d like.
And, I mean, really – could you cross the Pacific without a raft? Think about it.
But not only is the humble rubber duckie brave, s/he is selfless and giving, working tirelessly for charity.
S/he is also athletic, by the way (far more so than I!):
Rubber duckies, as you know if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, are capable of forming strong loving relationships:
Yet they continue to be used and abused by Evil Corporations such as Adidas to sell products and make rich fat men even richer and fatter!!!
It all makes me want to weep, really. Plus, it makes me afraid. It is only a matter of time before the rubber duckies stage a revolution and take over… just last night I had a nightmare about this. Click on this link to see it in full colour.
Well, we have the power to stop this abuse of the Rubber Duckie and the ensuing rebellion, revolution and takeover which will lead to the end of life as we know it. Education, I feel, is key. To learn more about the honourable rubber duckie, you can click here.
And next time you see a cute little ad featuring a rubber duckie, please spare a thought to the abuse and degradation that led to the ad, and boycott the product… would you?
(Yippee! Another excuse not to have to shave my legs!!! Huzzah!!)