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Looking For Free LEGOs? For 17 Years, Mother Nature Has Been Giving Them Away HERE!

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lego wash up shore free 17 years

We all know that everything is awesome, but it seems that things might be more awesome in Cornwall, England.

17 years ago, a container ship named the Tokio Express that was en-route to New York from Rotterdam was hit by a huge wave, and lost 62 containers, one of which was filled with LEGOs, close to 5 million pieces worth!

But these fun, connectable pieces didn't all sink to Davey Jones' locker that fateful day on February 13, 1997!

In fact, of the 4,756,940 pieces dropped into "the pond," 3,178,807 were light enough to float.

In an extremely odd twist of fate, a lot of the LEGOs were nautical themed, and the missing pieces included cutlasses, octopuses, scubas and flippers have been washing up on Cornish beaches since that squall-filled day.

According to oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, reports of the LEGOs reaching as far as Australia aren't too far fetched:

"The mystery is where they've ended up. After 17 years they've only been definitely reported off the coast of Cornwall. 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."

Oh yes, the sea giveth, and the sea taketh away! We're just glad that it gave the fine people of Cornwall such a fun toy in a high amount!

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