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The Taiwanese New Year’s Rubber Duck Exploded

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bill-swift - January 3, 2014

Different cultures around the world usher in the New Year in their own unique way. Some shoot off fireworks while others put on giant feasts. In Taiwan, apparently, they celebrate by inflating a giant 59 foot rubber duck in their harbor. The rubber ducky was designed by unpronounceable Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. He obviously didn't do a good job as the thing exploded like a cloud of childhood dreams before the celebrations could even begin. The duck collapsed into a bright yellow disk of failure. Maybe it's just the superstitious way in which I was brought up but I can't help thinking that it's a bad sign. I'm not entirely sure what a rubber duck explosion portends but it can't possibly be anything good. The only thing we can hope is that because the explosion happened in 2013 the rubber duck was simply making a statement on how much 2013 sucked and not foreboding anything bad in 2014. Or maybe it's just an evil omen in the life of giant rubber duck creator Florentijn Hofman. I mean, why would you hire a giant rubber duck designer if the giant rubber duck explodes before you need it? Watch your back Florentijn Hofman, the fates are out to get you.

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