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Posted on 06/15/2002 11:10:40 AM PDT by vannrox
Mystery shrouds IOP's floating orb
BY GLENN SMITH
I picked it up and ran to town as happy as a king.
I took it to a guy I know whod buy most anything.
But this is what he hollered at me as I walked in his shop,
Oh, get out of here with that -, -,-before I call a cop!
I turned around and got right out a-runnin for my life,
And then I took it home with me to give it to my wife.
But this is what she hollered at me as I walked in the door,
Oh get out of here with that -, -, -, and dont come back no more. [Repeat]
I wandered all around the town until I chanced to meet
A hobo who was looking for a handout on the street.
He said hed take most any old thing, he was a desperate man,
But when I showed him the -, -, -, he turned a-round and ran.
I wandered on for many years, a victim of my fate,
Until one day I came upon Saint Peter at the gate.
And when I tried to take it inside he told me where to go;
Get out of here with that -, -, -, and take it down be-low!
The moral of this story is; if youre out on the beach
And you should see a great big box, and its within your
Dont ever stop and open it up, thats my advice to you,
Cause youll never get rid of the -, -,-no matter what you
Religious question - If God plays golf, does he land one in a water hazard every now and then?
Orb's history mysterious, future isn't
Friday, June 14, 2002
The Post and Courier Staff
ISLE OF PALMS-The mysterious silver orb that washed ashore this week may soon be recycled like a giant beer can unless someone steps forward to claim it.
So far, no one has figured out what it is, let alone whom it belongs to. The smooth, metallic sphere, which is at least 3 feet in diameter and weighs 200 pounds or more, came in with the tide Monday night and landed on the beach near Ocean Boulevard.
Local, state and federal authorities have examined the buoyant globe, but don't have a clue to its origin. As speculation mounted Thursday, Mayor Mike Sottile stepped in to oversee the matter and handle briefings on the odd ball."No one really knows what it is, and I don't think we'll ever know what it is," he said.
Several people called City Hall Thursday to offer ideas. Among other things, they suggested the sphere was part of a Polaris missile or an overflow stopper for a gas tanker, Sottile said.
A caller to The Post and Courier thought the sphere might be part of a pressure release vent on a large ship. At the Coast Guard, some believed it was a target practice decoy used by the Navy.
After finding the orb Monday, a vacationing family rolled it to the dunes beside their rented beach house. Not sure what to do with it, they called police Wednesday. Everyone from firefighters to the Air Force bomb squad came to examine it.
"The way homeland security is now, we wanted to take all the necessary precautions," Sottile said.
City officials later carted it away to the public works department for safekeeping. There it will sit for at least a few days while the city waits for someone to claim it. If no one does, its final destination likely will be a scrap yard.
"As soon as we exhaust all avenues and talk to as many people as we can, we will dispose of it accordingly," Sottile said.