Scads of pieces of Lego - the joinable and separable building blocks - often end up on the Cornish coast of England.
A ship ended up capsizing off the Cornwall coast in 1997 and hundreds of Lego blocks got spilled. These pieces sank to the bottom of the sea. And then the oceanic currents and tides started washing the parts and pieces onto the beaches.
Often the plastic daisies which numbered in a range which was more than 350,000 can be seen among the flotsam and jetsam washed ashore. It is a colorful and surprising event to find the Lego blocks among the other detritus on the sandy surface off the sea.
The container ship that sank so long ago was called the Tokio Express. Of the 62 containers that got lost at sea, one contained Lego blocks. The accident was said to be a once-a-century event.
And while the child-like treasure of sorts has never been salvaged from the channel’s depths, it keeps appearing on the shore mysteriously and serendipitously.
Most of the Lego items were related to the sea. Is this a coincidence or an omen? You never know. Small-sized items such as scuba equipment, octopi and flippers were just some of the 10,000 odds and ends that were vomited on the sands of the Cornish regions bordering on the sea.
Some of the pieces of Lego were collected by kids in the 90s and sold for some money on the lam. Finally, a lady with some interest in the whole conundrum started a Facebook page regarding the Lost Lego Blocks that get Found Time After Time.
Many of the paraphernalia must have travelled halfway around the world after all the time that has elapsed between sinking and appearing on the scene.
Let us not forget that Lego is a company that produces blocks for kids. The blocks are said to increase intelligence by leaps and bound in youngsters who play with them. And there are mechanical and artistic and media-related Lego block packs along with the regular ones.
Meanwhile, the Cornish children are having the time of their lives by playing with and selling the Lego blocks!