Millions of LEGO Pieces Lost at Sea are Washing Up on British Beaches

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Why LEGO Bricks Are Washing Up

Back in 1997, a container ship named Tokio Express was hit by a HUGE wave that ended up tilting the ship 60 degrees one way, then 40 degrees back, jiggling 62 containers in all, right over the side of the ship about 20 miles off Land’s End. One of those containers was filled to the brim with about 4.8 million LEGO bricks. Shortly after the incident with the wave occurred, LEGO pieces began to wash up on both the north and south coasts of Cornwall, and even though this happened 17 years ago, the bricks are still washing ashore today.

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What’s Fun About This?

Clearly, people, perhaps kids especially, delight in finding a rare, older, yet still pristine LEGO brick thought to be lost at sea. Oddly, the story gets more fun because in an ironic twist of fate, many of the LEGO bricks lost at sea were nautical-themed, so locals and tourists are likely to find tiny scuba gear, octopus, seagrass, flippers, spear guns, and more, though other bricks like dragons, flowers and entire toy kits were also lost overboard.

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