Alright, I've got something to quack about: this new book called "Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The secret danger of everyday things." http://slowdeathbyrubberduck.com/
How drama-provoking! How shock-value-promoting! How downright misleading and rude! I'm sure if you read that book you will discover that your exposure to toxic chemicals in your food, cosmetics, sunscreen, carpet and the air you breathe are more dangerous than your standard rubber duck. I mean, how often do YOU chew on, hold against your skin for hours, or inhale your rubber duck?! Seriously!
I'm a little angry, I think. It's mainly because the authors are exploiting the cute and innocent reputation of the rubber duck for the extra boost in shock value and drama it incites. I'm sure they would have much lower sales on a book called "Slow Death by carpet chemicals and food additives." GRRRRRRR. I understand everyone just wants to make a buck, but this is just inaccurate and annoying. No matter how much time spent with a rubber duck, there isn't one person in the world who has or will ever die from a rubber duck (unless they try to eat it and choke on it!). It's just preposterous. I think their point about toxic chemicals and a culture of throw-away and one-use items is valid, but I think they really muddy their point and veer into the land of sensationalism with their title and book cover. That misplaced vitriol for the rubber duck makes their other, valid concerns look sensational and trivial.