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The Cornish Beaches Where Lego Keeps Washing Up
bbc ^ | 20 July 2014 | Mario Cacciottolo

Posted on 07/21/2014 3:35:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.

"Let me see if I can find a cutlass," says Tracey Williams, poking around some large rocks on Perran Sands with a stick.

She doesn't manage that, but does spot a gleaming white, pristine daisy on the beach in Perranporth, Cornwall. The flower looks good for its age, seeing as it is 17 years old.

It is one of 353,264 plastic daisies dropped into the sea on 13 February 1997, when the container ship Tokio Express was hit by a wave described by its captain as a "once in a 100-year phenomenon", tilting the ship 60 degrees one way, then 40 degrees back.

As a result, 62 containers were lost overboard about 20 miles off Land's End - and one of them was filled with nearly 4.8m pieces of Lego, bound for New York.

No-one knows exactly what happened next, or even what was in the other 61 containers, but shortly after that some of those Lego pieces began washing up in both the north and south coasts of Cornwall. They're still coming in today.

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TOPICS: Hobbies; Outdoors; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: beach; cornwall; duplo; landsend; lego; legos; ocean; perranporth; perransands; tokioexpress; traceywilliams; wales

1 posted on 07/21/2014 3:35:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me by offering a great future in plastics.”

2 posted on 07/21/2014 3:42:09 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: nickcarraway

Free Lego for the taking.

3 posted on 07/21/2014 4:06:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows

As if dodging jellyfish weren’t bad enough, now you have to worry about stepping on Lego bricks on the beach.

4 posted on 07/21/2014 4:08:51 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: a fool in paradise

There is nothing, nothing, that hurts worse than stepping on a LEGO left in the hallway, in the middle of the night and having it roll over under your foot.

I would rather be waterboarded.

5 posted on 07/21/2014 4:25:33 PM PDT by super7man (Oh why did I post that, now I'll never be able to run for Congress.)
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To: super7man

6 posted on 07/21/2014 5:24:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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