Friday, April 21, 2017

R is for Rubber Duckies, The Real World, & Red Hot Chili Peppers (2017 Blogging A to Z)

Welcome to my '92 Time Capsule, where I unearth artifacts and memories from a quarter century ago in alphabetical order everyday (excluding Sundays, with the exception of the 30th) during the month of April. 

Today's letter is R, so let's get to it...

In 1992, a shipping crate containing 29,000 rubber duckies and other miscellaneous bath toys was lost at sea when it fell overboard on its way from Hong Kong to the United States.  Since then, many of the bath toys have washed up on shores along the Pacific Rim.  

Some of the bath toys took longer journeys, being spotted near the site of where the Titanic sank as well as other locations in the Atlantic Ocean.  For the ducks to reach the Atlantic, they had to reach the Arctic Ocean via the Bering Straight, where they became frozen in pack ice.  The ducks moved slowly with the ice across the North Pole.  Once the pack ice entered the North Atlantic, the ducks thawed and set off on the next leg of their journey.

The rubber duckies have been given the nickname the Friendly Floatees by folks who have tracked their travels throughout the years.  This shipping mishap has helped oceanographers study and learn more about ocean currents.


The Real World, now known simply as Real World, is a reality TV series that was first broadcast in 1992.  It is the longest running program in MTV history and is credited with launching the modern reality tv genre.  The show focuses on what happens when, as the show's opener stated:

This is the true story
of seven strangers
picked to live in a house
work together
and have their lives taped
to find out what happens
what people stop being polite
and start getting real.

The first season was filmed in New York City between between mid-February and mid-May. The first episode aired in May.  The seven participants were paid $2,600 to appear in the show.

The series is currently in its 32nd season.


Red Hot Chili Peppers, an American rock band, released "Under the Bridge" in March of 1992.  The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and came in at #8 on the Billboard Year End Hot 100 chart.  The video for "Under the Bridge" won the Viewer's Choice Award and the award for Breakthrough Video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.  The song is often credited as having brought the Red Hot Chili Peppers into the mainstream.

On a personal note, I watched all thirteen episodes of that first season of The Real World, as well as most, if not all, of the episodes of seasons two through nine.  At the time, I found the show utterly fascinating.  Ironically, about the time that I finished college joined the workforce, and entered my own real world, I lost interest in the show and haven't watched any of the seasons since.  

Did you watch The Real World?  Did you have a favorite season/cast?

As always, thanks for stopping by!


  1. Remote Control was better. Not that I'm old enough to remember it.

    1. I remember Remote Control! That's another blast from the past. Guess since you're not old enough to remember it when it aired, you must have caught it in re-runs... ;)

  2. Just like you, I watched all the early Real World shows. Somewhere along the way, maybe the Vegas cast?, I felt like it became so much more about partying and hooking up and less about true interaction of people thrown together in one house. I know we may be biased, but those early years were fascinating. Pedro and the San Francisco house taught so many of us about a person living with HIV, so I'd have to point to that year as the most ground-breaking.


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