A fifty foot tall, half ton rubber duck replica was spotted floating down the River Thames in London yesterday. The UK lotto company that came up with the gimmick said that they wanted to put smiles on people's faces and "cheer up the nation."
As the colossal yellow duck made its way up and down the Thames, it certainly caught the attention it was seeking. Too tall to squeak under the Tower Bridge, traffic was halted and the bridge had to be raised so that the duck could pass beneath.
During a time that some British have dubbed the "happiness recession," the bright floaty toy temporarily turned many frowns upside down - proof that international travelers visiting London will enjoy surprising sights which aren't in the travel brochures. Only time will tell what could come floating down the River Thames next.