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November 9, 2013
yellow rubber duck with tan and black chess pieces
Rubaduck fans may recall a news article we published in which we encouraged friends of the rubber duck to write in to the National Toy Hall of Fame and nominate our favorite bathtime pal for the honor of induction. It would seem that our efforts have paid off: 2013 is the year that the Rubber Duck was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
 
We at Rubaduck are extremely excited and deeply gratified to see our beloved bath time toy finally receive the recognition it deserves.  We interviewed one of the ducks in our flock to find out their thoughts on this exciting development.
 
Rubaduck: So, Mango Duck, how does it feel to be a member of the latest class of toys to be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame?
 
Mango Duck: Quack!
 
Rubaduck: I see.  And can you comment on the fact that, established in 1998, the National Toy Hall of Fame has taken 14 years to finally get around to including you and your brethren in their hallowed halls?
 
Mango Duck: Quack!
 
Rubaduck:  I couldn't agree more.  Well, now that you are bona fide celebrities in your own right, how do you and your compatriots plan to celebrate your new-found notoriety?
 
Mango Duck: Quack!
 
Rubaduck: Quite sensible.  I wonder, do you think that fame will change you and toys of your ilk, or do you foresee yourselves remaining the same humble, reliable, classic bath buddies you've always been?
 
Mango Duck: Quack!
 
Rubaduck: I don't doubt it.  Finally, can you give us any insight into how you plan to leverage your recent recognition for the greater good of the community at large?
 
Mango Duck: Quack!
 
Rubaduck: Altruistic as ever.  Can I just say that it has been an honor to conduct this interview.  Thank you for your time.
 
Mango Duck: Quack!
 
Hailing the rubber duck as "iconic" and "the quintessential bathtub toy," the National Toy Hall of Fame cited such admirable qualities as inspiring water play that develops muscle coordination,  and "bright color, smooth texture, and [. . .] quacky sounds" which sharpen toddlers' senses.  Naturally, the inductors also made note of a rubber duck's soothing presence, which calms "youngsters’ fears of water and water immersion and makes good clean fun of the routine hygiene they’re learning."  The inductors, however, failed to remark on the rubber duck's many non-bath-related charms, such as participating in races for charity, and being incredibly photogenic.