shipwreck link of the day, sort of
Alaskans could soon receive enough free Nike sneakers to outfit every high school basketball team in the state. There's just one catch: they have to collect them as they wash up on the beach. The 33,000 floating shoes were part of a shipment appearently washed overboard from a container ship. An oceanographer was quoted as saying that beachcombers will also have to match up pairs on their own.
"Nike forgot to tie the laces, so you have to find mates," said Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer in Washington state who tracks flotsam. "The effort's worth it because these Nikes have only been adrift a few months. All 33,000 are wearable."
...A little research by Ebbesmeyer confirmed that a ship lost cargo Dec. 15 during a storm, including three 40-foot containers carrying an estimated 5,500 pairs of shoes each.
A Nike spokesperson said that as an alternative, beachcombers can return the shoes to the company for recycling.
(via FARK, yet again)
Update: BoingBoing links to another story on the soggy sneakers.