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article imageLondon: Giant rubber duck on the river Thames

By Robert Myles     Dec 13, 2012 in Odd News
London - As part of a publicity stunt yesterday, gaming website Jackpotjoy launched a 50 foot rubber duck on the river Thames in London causing many residents to do a double-take.
ABC News reports that a giant yellow rubber duck was spotted floating down the river Thames in the UK capital yesterday.
Inspired by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s larger than life street art creations which have been raising a smile around the world for the past five years, as earlier reported in Digital Journal, the London bird was slightly smaller than Hofman's 25 metre high specimen which has made appearances around the world from the river Loire in France to Osaka in Japan since 2007.
Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck at the German wartime U-boat pens in Saint Nazaire on the Loire es...
Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck at the German wartime U-boat pens in Saint Nazaire on the Loire estuary in western France (By permission of Florentijn Hofman)
Courtesy of Florentijn Hofman
The river Thames duck was part of Jackpotjoy’s FUNdation concept that grants funds for daft ideas to cheer up surly celebrities; according to an announcement on their website, “Victoria Beckham, Jeremy Clarkson, Tom Cruise and Madonna have been voted the least fun celebrities according to research....”
Jackpotjoy says it has invited the most sullen stars to participate to in its £250,000 FUNdation on Facebook with the idea of realising daft ideas to make the UK laugh a little bit more and have some fun.
Tops amongst most grumpy politicians in serious need of a fun injection were ex-prime ministers Gordon Brown at 17% with John Major trailing a poor second at 9%. Cheeriest politician was London Mayor Boris Johnston a clear winner on 17%.
The rubber duck took to the waters of the river Thames a duck to water and processed down the river receiving a ‘salute’ at Tower Bridge as it made its maiden paddle.
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