QUACK !! QUACK !!
The Largest collection of rubber ducks has been achieved by Charlotte Lee (USA). Lee has 5,631 different rubber ducks, as of 10 April 2011, which she has been collecting since 1996.
Charlotte Lee – an assistant professor in UW’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering – has 5,239 unique rubber ducks and sets the new world record for the Largest Rubber Duck Collection.
Charlotte Lee has been collecting rubber ducks since 1996. She reports that her collection is growing more slowly these days and cites her selectiveness as a major factor.
She has dedicated the entire small basement of the Fremont condo she’s lived in since December 2008 to her “rubber duckies.”
It took her husband – once a reluctant supporter, now an avid duck hunter – months to put up the shelves and cabinet that line the walls down there. “I like the ducks, he likes the hunt,” Lee said. “It’s a good partnership.”
The collection started in 1996 and began as gifts from friends to augment the rubber ducks they noticed she had in her bathroom.
In her travels all over the world, she picks up the ducks as souvenirs. Friends still give them to her as gifts.
A rubber duck is a toy shaped like a stylized duck, generally yellow with a flat base. It may be made of rubber or rubber-like material such as vinyl plastic. The yellow rubber duck has achieved an iconic status in Western pop culture and is often symbolically linked to bathing. Various novelty variations of the toy are produced.
Rubber ducks are collected by a small number of enthusiasts in countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, United States, and the Netherlands.