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Chess, rubber duck inducted into Toy Hall of Fame

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The rubber duck was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday (Photo source: ToyHallOfFame.org) The rubber duck was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday (Photo source: ToyHallOfFame.org)
Chess was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday (Photo source: ToyHallOfFame.org) Chess was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday (Photo source: ToyHallOfFame.org)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -

The rubber duck has squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The bath toy joins the ancient game of chess in the class of 2013 inducted Thursday.

The pair beat out 10 other finalists for a spot in the 15-year-old hall.

The finalists that didn't make the cut include bubbles, the board game Clue and little green Army men.

Chess is one of the world's oldest games, tracing its history to an ancient Indian war game.

The game caught on in Asia and finally in Europe, where it was called "the royal game" or "the king's game" because, during medieval times, the leisured nobility enjoyed playing it.

By1475, in England, chess evolved into the game we recognize today, with similar pieces and moves.

Hall officials say no one knows exactly who hatched the rubber duck, though squeak toys have been around since the 1800s.

The first rubber ducks didn't even float: they were cast solid and intended as chew toys.

By the 1940s, the yellow figure evolved into the iconic floating companion we recognize today, saturating children's daily bath time rituals with splashing good fun.

Brightly colored, smoothly textured, and sometimes squeaky, the toddler's popular bath time friend sharpens senses, builds hand muscles and hand-eye coordination, and soothes youngsters' fears of water. 

In 1970, Sesame Street's Ernie fixed the rubber duck's image as the quintessential tub toy when he sang "Rubber Duckie," a delightful ditty that actually rose to number16 on the Billboard chart of hit tunes. 

To date, 53 toys have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame, which is located inside The Strong Museum in Rochester.

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