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(BBC-US)   17 years ago, a cargo ship spilled millions of Legos into the sea, and Cornish residents are still collecting it. "The holy grail is an octopus or a dragon. If your neighbour had found a green dragon, you'd want to go out and find one yourself"   (bbc.com) divider line 33
    More: Weird, plastic debris, Let Me See, Land's End, Cornwall, Lego  
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2014-07-21 09:11:50 AM  
It's a good thing fish don't have feet.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-21 09:34:03 AM  
It's a good thing fish don't have feet.

We're fish with feet.
 
2014-07-21 09:36:51 AM  

ZAZ: It's a good thing fish don't have feet.

We're fish with feet.


We're ugly giant bags of mostly water!
 
2014-07-21 09:46:35 AM  
I would think the most sought would be a Unikitty.

/yeaaaa!
 
2014-07-21 10:28:15 AM  
static.giantbomb.com
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-07-21 12:10:50 PM  
cool tag searching for lego men?
 
2014-07-21 12:11:28 PM  
Hey man, free Legos.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-07-21 12:11:49 PM  

ZAZ: It's a good thing fish don't have feet.

We're fish with feet.


fc05.deviantart.net
 
2014-07-21 12:14:45 PM  
Looks like this guy found one of the other containers:


http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/screenshot.php?movieid=79067&position= 5
 
2014-07-21 12:16:44 PM  
i26.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-21 12:19:59 PM  
meh, call me when the short shorts start washing up.
 
2014-07-21 12:22:18 PM  
Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?
 
2014-07-21 12:24:58 PM  

xkenny13: Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?


www.geekinheels.com
 
2014-07-21 12:28:25 PM  
here's a thought, companies could stand to profit if they made items out of more degradable material. People would have to buy to replace items (more $), but if those items fell into the ocean, they'd at least break down, hopefully in an organic, non toxic way
 
2014-07-21 12:34:14 PM  
You know what I'd like to find? A bunch of actual Legos bricks. WTF is this stuff? Utterly worthless.

news.bbcimg.co.uk

These are LEGOS.
www.mentalfloss.com
 
2014-07-21 12:45:20 PM  

cryinoutloud: You know what I'd like to find? A bunch of actual Legos bricks. WTF is this stuff? Utterly worthless.

[news.bbcimg.co.uk image 624x468]

These are LEGOS.
[www.mentalfloss.com image 350x250]


The bricks probably sink (stay sunk) because they're denser than the more flexible stuff they use for the accessories. Would make for some interesting underwater salvage of millions of lego bricks though.
 
2014-07-21 12:45:22 PM  
news.bbcimg.co.uk
That is not an octopus.

fc03.deviantart.net
 
2014-07-21 12:49:20 PM  

Panatheist: here's a thought, companies could stand to profit if they made items out of more degradable material. People would have to buy to replace items (more $), but if those items fell into the ocean, they'd at least break down, hopefully in an organic, non toxic way


People already complain enough about planned obselescence.
 
2014-07-21 12:54:05 PM  

zjbs14: Would make have made for some interesting underwater salvage of millions of lego bricks before they became unusably weather-beaten, though.


I'm surprised nobody tried it. Off the coast of Cornwall, I can't imagine the container's that deep, and tiny little Lego bricks would be pretty easy to vaccuum up. These days, Lego alternatives are easy to find because their patents have all expired or been found unenforceable. Back when these containers were lost, though, that wasn't the case and you could probably have made a pretty decent amount of money from a huge cache of Lego for relatively little effort (once you'd found the container, of course.)
 
2014-07-21 01:01:46 PM  
What struck me most about this story is how many shipping containers fall overboard every year... wow.
 
2014-07-21 01:02:04 PM  
I bet you this is why I never received my Pirate ship build...
 
2014-07-21 01:03:25 PM  
No one peeving about 'Legos v Lego' yet?

/I am disappoint
 
2014-07-21 01:11:02 PM  
So you could say that the Cornish folk are still picking up the pieces after their disaster 17 years ago?


/will be here all weekend
//remember to tip your server
 
2014-07-21 01:21:36 PM  

linker3000: No one peeving about 'Legos v Lego' yet?

/I am disappoint


The day is still young. The mouth breathing purists aren't awake yet.
 
2014-07-21 01:35:31 PM  
An octopus or dragon but no game hen? Pity...
 
2014-07-21 01:38:51 PM  
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2014-07-21 01:42:51 PM  

Current Resident: An octopus or dragon but no game hen? Pity...


I think you're looking for Fire Island.
 
2014-07-21 01:44:58 PM  

WelldeadLink: [dp1eoqdp1qht7.cloudfront.net image 850x478]


want oh so very badly.
 
2014-07-21 02:36:38 PM  

linker3000: No one peeving about 'Legos v Lego' yet?

/I am disappoint


Isn't the correct (legally imposed) term "LEGO brand building brick"?
 
2014-07-21 06:51:59 PM  
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. [...] "The most profound lesson I've learned from the Lego story is that things that go to the bottom of the sea don't always stay there," Ebbesmeyer adds. The incident is a perfect example of how even when inside a steel container, sunken items don't stay sunken. They can be carried around the world, seemingly randomly, but subject to the planet's currents and tides.

Do Cornish people really not understand that plastic toys float?
 
2014-07-21 08:56:04 PM  

Loadmaster: Do Cornish people really not understand that plastic toys float?


Do you really not understand that some plastic floats, and some plastic sinks, and that which it does depends on its density compared to that of the water surrounding it (which in turn varies depending on temperature and salinity)?
 
2014-07-22 03:53:00 AM  
That is such a cool story.

I luv beach combing (alas I no longer live close to the beach :(  so many cool things rock up on a beach.  As a kid (living on an island) we used to surf on those foam boards, then oneday we found a fibreglass surfboard on the beach (it had to have floated thousands of miles to get there), after that it was the A+ surfboard on the island that all the kids took turns using.  Goodtimes.
 
2014-07-22 06:07:39 PM  

cryinoutloud: You know what I'd like to find? A bunch of actual Legos bricks. WTF is this stuff? Utterly worthless.

[news.bbcimg.co.uk image 624x468]

These are LEGOS.
[www.mentalfloss.com image 350x250]



This.
 
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