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Rubber ducky at the beach; what's it all mean? | Moment's Notice

A reflection on physics, and philosophy, and Schrodinger’s cat


Last updated 10/8/2021 at 9:14am

Photo courtesy of Maria A. Montalvo

A rubber ducky at the beach provoked questions, but perhaps no answers.

Walking along the beach the other day, a bit of bright yellow entered my field of vision. It caught my attention because on a Pacific Northwest beach in the fall, the colors tend to meld together in shades of stunning gray – the clouds, the mountains, the rocks, the water, even the birds and driftwood.

Bright shocks of color are rare, especially yellow.

It was a rubber ducky. There was a rubber ducky sitting on a large branch of driftwood, seemingly staring pensively at the sea.

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