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For decades, Garfield telephones kept washing ashore in France. Now the mystery has been solved.
The Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2019 | Meagan Flynn

Posted on 04/01/2019 3:32:17 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

For more than 30 years, pieces of Garfield telephones kept washing ashore on the beaches of northwestern France, and no one quite knew why. Where was the lasagna-loving cartoon cat coming from?

The mystery would puzzle the locals for years. His plastic body parts, first appearing in a crevice of the Brittany coast in the mid-1980s, kept returning no matter how many times beach cleaners recovered them. Sometimes they would find only his lazy bulging eyes, or just his smug face, or his entire fat-cat body, always splayed out in the sand in a very Garfield fashion.

From the stray curly wires and the occasional dial pad, it was clear that the pieces came from the once-popular Garfield telephone, which hit the shelves in the early 1980s, several years after Jim Davis first colored the famously lazy cat into his hit comic strip. The phone parts were in remarkable condition, considering they had been belched from the ocean, Claire Simonin-Le Meur, president of the environmental group Ar Viltansoù, told The Washington Post. Even Garfield’s black stripes were still painted onto his back, where the phone hooked.

She had been searching for the origin of Garfield for years, she said, out of concern for the damage the plastic phones may be doing to the ocean — and this month, after a chance encounter on the beach, she was about to get answers.

Simonin-Le Meur said the common belief among locals was that the phones came from a wayward shipping container that must have sunk to the bottom of the ocean, leaving environmentalists to fear Garfield’s plastic toxicity would continue to pollute the ocean indefinitely. In 2018 alone, at least 200 pieces of Garfield had been found on beaches in northwestern France, FranceInfo reported.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; History; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Science; Society; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cartoon; comicstrip; environment; france; garfield; jimdavis; microplastics; mystery; oceans; plastics; pollution; shipping; telephones
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1 posted on 04/01/2019 3:32:17 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: 100American; al baby; Allegra; BufordP; EveningStar; Gefn; GunsareOK; JRios1968; Lazamataz; ...

DANG!


2 posted on 04/01/2019 3:33:55 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Modern feminism: ALL MEN BAD!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Can’t read the story unless I pay them a buck.......


3 posted on 04/01/2019 3:34:39 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (ui)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It won’t let me see the article unless I turn off my ad-blocker.

What was the punch-line?


4 posted on 04/01/2019 3:35:37 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." -- Voltaire)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How ‘bout telling those of us who can’t access WaPo what the source of these Garfield phones is.


5 posted on 04/01/2019 3:37:36 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: PapaBear3625

“What was the punch-line?”

That this Frenchman has far too much time on his hands.

L


6 posted on 04/01/2019 3:38:26 AM PDT by Lurker (Peaceful coexistence with the Left is not possible. Stop pretending it is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Click bait teaser.


7 posted on 04/01/2019 3:39:53 AM PDT by tflabo (Prince of Peace, Lion of Righteousness)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Garfield, in ANY sense, is pollution, a blight on society.


9 posted on 04/01/2019 3:43:25 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Bottomline:

Garfield phones kept washing up in France. People figured there was a shipping container in the ocean slowly releasing a cache of Garfield phones.
Then, they found the shipping container that had been slowly releasing a cache of Garfield phones.
But it was pretty much empty.
And it was in a cave affected by tides, not exactly in the ocean.

Pretty anti-climactic.


10 posted on 04/01/2019 3:43:58 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: Gen.Blather

Gaia is not amused by your attitude.


11 posted on 04/01/2019 3:44:37 AM PDT by Hieronymus ("I shall drink--to the Pope, if you please,-still, to Conscience first, and to the Pope afterwards.")
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To: ClearCase_guy

..the French


12 posted on 04/01/2019 3:51:07 AM PDT by Doogle (( USAF.68-73....8th TFW Ubon Thailand....never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: ClearCase_guy

Click bait stories like this one from the compost usually are anti-climatic but they get the clicks so they can charge the advertiser more for the space on their website.

I never click on the compost’s website.

JoMa


13 posted on 04/01/2019 3:51:57 AM PDT by joma89
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To: ClearCase_guy

If I’d been finding Garfield parts I think the thing to Be looking for would be the Litter box.


15 posted on 04/01/2019 4:09:54 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Congress- the opposite of PROGRESS!!!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

other sources

https://www.bing.com/news/search?q=garfield+phone&FORM=HDRSC6


16 posted on 04/01/2019 4:10:37 AM PDT by SMGFan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sea Catfish were producing them, but just couldn’t find a suitable distribution method?


17 posted on 04/01/2019 4:13:43 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Malsua

“Search “Zone Rouge”. These are areas so polluted during WWI that are still No-go today. “

While you are right about the no-go zones I don’t think seeding an area with mines and artillery shells is the kind of “pollution” that a shipping container of plastic phones, or burning oil tankers or cities brings to mind. Active munitions are intended to kill. Oil and plastic is not. People still die every year from ordinance expended in the Franko-Prussian war. People occasionally die in the US from munitions dating to the American Civil War. A device intended to kill is not “pollution;” at least not the kind of pollution we normally think of in that word’s context.


18 posted on 04/01/2019 4:16:16 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

“hysterical writers”

Nice. With your permission I’d like to borrow that please.


19 posted on 04/01/2019 4:16:22 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: PapaBear3625

Stranded, busted-open shipping container in a low-lying cave on a beach somewhere in northwestern France. Presumably, the tide would come in and pluck Garfield pieces out of the container from time to time.


20 posted on 04/01/2019 4:16:31 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Modern feminism: ALL MEN BAD!!!)
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