These people are really ducking excited about the giant rubber bath toy that’s coming to Toronto
A lot of feathers have been ruffled over the enormous bath toy that will be touring Ontario next month. Giant rubber ducks from one Dutch designer have been bathing around the world since 2007, and soon Toronto will be home to its own (albeit one that’s been called a “counterfeit”). The World’s Largest Rubber Duck will be paddling over from Washington to make a splash at the Redpath Waterfront Festival from July 1-3, before heading to other Ontario cities as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. While many are crying fowl over the six-storey bird, duck enthusiasts are quacking with joy.
Here we have some all-caps excitement:
THERE'S GOING TO BE A GIANT DUCK IN TORONTO? Let's go see it.
— Yang (@Asia_Vision) May 30, 2017
Fans of the duck are happy to point out that the Ontario government didn’t give $120,000 just for the duck:
you get that the 6 figure cited was for the whole festival, not just for the duck rental, right? #cdnpoli
— Fed Up (@ConBGone) June 4, 2017
Govt grant is for $120,000 and it's not just a duck. It's to promote the Redpath Waterfront Festival. #Ontario150 #Canada150 https://t.co/ZHudm4bQne
— Rose (@MadeInCanada56) May 30, 2017
Not that it wouldn’t be worth it:
The duck is awesome. It'll be a great attraction in Toronto harbour and attract a lot of people. Great idea for little cost.
— mark bouckaert (@markbouckaert) May 30, 2017
I think so. And the hype over the cost is ridiculous. It'll raise much more money from tourists and visitors than the initial outlay.
— FuzzyWuzzy (@FuzzyWuzzyTO) June 3, 2017
Yes the cost will be pennies compared to the revenue it generates. I never go to the city, but I'll go see the giant duck for sure.
— Diane M Reid (@dianemariereid) June 3, 2017
Why quit while we’re ahead?
How much extra would it cost to have a giant Japanese robot fight the rubber duck? pic.twitter.com/gsoJt1hSR0
— David Rider (@dmrider) May 30, 2017
As for the critics who say a duck has no place in Toronto…
@CityNews. A male duck is called a drake, and Drake is from Toronto. Weird and mystical.
— Steve H (@steve3y) June 1, 2017
Counterfeit or not, it’s bringing the world together in one bathtub—as the original duck designer, Florentijn Hofman, intended:
Oh cool! We will be totally connected than! Duck sisters!!
— Little Crunchy (@littlecrunchy_) June 3, 2017
This duck is coming to Toronto! Assuming it's the same one as the one I saw in Japan about 2 years ago. #TorontoDuck pic.twitter.com/XFMKPyrqcA
— Yoman (@y37yu) May 31, 2017
It’s causing serious fowl FOMO for some:
I'm actually so upset that I won't be in Toronto to see the giant duck
— victoria (@victoriacar3lla) May 30, 2017
Something to consider for Canada 175:
Why isn't this a thing? I want a giant inflatable unicorn in Toronto ASAP. #whattheduck pic.twitter.com/gLM85Hk7il
— Melissa Lantsman (@MelissaLantsman) May 30, 2017