My search into the history of rubber ducks has led me to discover that there is a National Toy Hall of Fame. So far 63 toys make the list. They’re chosen by factors such as how well they are recognized, how long they have lasted, how much of an impact they’ve had on future toys, etc. Most are things like Barbie, Lego, marbles, and other obvious choices.
In 2005 they inducted the cardboard box. This is a reference to the cliche that kids (along with cats apparently) always enjoy the big boxes their expensive toys come in more than the toys themselves. They later specified houses made from these boxes.
In 2008 they inducted the stick, saying “Curators praised the stick for its all-purpose, no-cost, recreational qualities, noting its ability to serve either as raw material or an appendage transformed in myriad ways by a child’s creativity.”
I love humans.