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Old 07-11-2003, 05:54 PM   #1
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Rubber Ducky, You're the One...

I heard this story on NPR this morning and it made me chuckle. I thought it would be a nice contrast to the usual serious tone in here.

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Far-Flung Bathtub Toys Due in New England

By GREG SUKIENNIK, Associated Press Writer

BOSTON - Being thrown from a container ship, drifting for more than a decade, bobbing through three oceans it's enough to turn a rubber duckie white.

A floating flock of the bathtub toys along with beavers, turtles and frogs is believed to be washing ashore somewhere along the New England coast, bleached and battered from a trans-Arctic journey. Oceanographers say the trip has taught them valuable lessons about the ocean's currents.

The toys have been adrift since 29,000 of them fell from a storm-tossed container ship en route from China to Seattle more than 11 years ago.

From a point in the Pacific Ocean near where the 45th parallel meets the international date line, they floated along the Alaska coast, reaching the Bering Strait by 1995 and Iceland five years later. By 2001 they had floated to the area in the north Atlantic where the Titanic sank.

"Some kept going, some turned and headed to Europe," says Curtis Ebbesmeyer of Seattle, a retired oceanographer who's been tracking the toys' progress. "By now, hundreds should be dispersed along the New England coast."

Ebbesmeyer has been able to track the toys with the help of duckies that washed ashore along the way. He said they have been a useful tool in teaching oceanography, and have shed light on the way surface currents behave.

They are also a sobering reminder that about 10,000 containers fall off cargo ships each year, creating all manner of flotsam and jetsam.

"When trash goes into the ocean, it doesn't disappear," Ebbesmeyer said. "It just goes somewhere else."

Fred Felleman, of the environmental group Ocean Advocates, said container ships carry 95 percent of the world's goods and are stacked higher and wider than ever before, raising the odds of spillage.

"Some 30 percent have hazardous materials in them. They're not just spilling Nikes," he said.
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I couldn't believe the story, thought about "hey it can't be 1st of April again - but ...seems to be true



To make it a little bit serious:

Here we can see that the trash we throw overboard dosn't simply vanish (at least not if it's made out of plastic)

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Ohhhhhhhh ABELLLLLLLL.......rubber ducky!!!!!!!

*runs*

hehe
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That's too funny

And for some reason I love those words "flotsam and jetsam"
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For your listening pleasure:

http://www.math.harvard.edu/~lee/rubberducky.mp3
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animals eat this shit that falls off these ships...
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animals eat this shit that falls off these ships...
Lisa: And you have to cut these up first. (holding a six-pack plastic binding) Otherwise, animals get caught in them.
Bart: Only the stupid ones.
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Ohhhhhhhh ABELLLLLLLL.......rubber ducky!!!!!!!

*runs*

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animals eat this shit that falls off these ships...
And then the animal (fish) end up as sea food at your local market or restaurant.
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