Rubber Duck Mysteries

So I haven’t blogged in the longest time and so much has happened but nothing really ‘blog-worthy’. However, something keeps coming up and it makes me laugh so hard so I thought I’d share.

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Boyfriend took me along with him and his family to Taiwan over December 2013. It was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, the culture amazed me and Taipei has so much heart and soul. It was beautiful.

One of the most hilarious things about the culture was the Rubber Duck. Quite literally, it’s a massive rubber duck that gets towed around by tugboats and visits cities all over the world. I found a Wikipedia article that referred to Rubber Duck (sculpture) by artist Florentijn Hofman. I laughed because it’s considered an artistic sculpture; but hey, who am I to judge? It’s not like the ‘artist’ took a rubber duck similar to ones that children play with at bath time and just made it larger than life and then got massive amounts of fame and adoration from it. Cool.

Anyways, one of the many Rubber Duck sculptures was visiting Taiwan around the time we were there. People go crazy for it, seriously, they dress up in all sorts of duck outfits and it really represents something for them.

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Suddenly, and sadly, the duck exploded:

It was a shock. I even felt bad to laugh. This made headline news whilst we were there, it was everywhere and people really wanted answers. It also happened right before NYE, and Taipei couldn’t find a replacement Rubber Duck in time, not even Singapore would lend theirs to Taiwan (what assholes, clearly).

We were watching the news, boyfriend translating for me to understand, and they were analyzing the possibilities in a panel discussion (this is how serious it was).

First possibility: With the duck traveling so much, the expansion and contraction from different pressures caused it to explode. I’m pretty sure it was far more scientific than how I’ve just phrased it, but that’s the gist of it.

Second possibility: Whatever cleaning agents they used to clean the duck might have contained chemicals that caused the seams to wear, causing it to burst at the seams. (Judging from the video, in my mind it seems like both the first and second possibilities are most likely).

Third possibility: Wait for it. An eagle attacked it. Yes. An EAGLE! I nearly fell off my chair that they thought it a possibility that a massive bird of prey would attack a massive yellow rubber duck for no apparent reason, unprovoked and unremorseful. Ha!

Either way it caused much sadness amongst the masses and it was all anyone could talk about (not that I understood what was happening in conversations but I could tell by people’s morbid faces and sad tones of voice… also boyfriend told me that everyone was speaking about it).

We visited Tapei101 and it was magical; downstairs though, Boyfriend found an eagle and decided that it was definitely the same vicious bird that attacked Rubber Duck.

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Months later though, my dad found another video taken in Thailand of the Rubber Duck going awry. At some point though, this madness must stop.

Rubber duck blows away

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