The Great Nike Shoe Spill

A flotilla of up to 40,000 Nike shoes has been slowly bobbing around the Pacific Ocean since the spring of 1990. This strange story began on May 27, 1990, when a storm struck the freighter Hansa Carrier, which was en route from Korea to the United States. The ship survived, but its shipment of Nike shoes was washed overboard — not a sole was saved. The incident was forgotten until November of that year, when the shoes began appearing along the shores of Oregon. Large hiking boots, high-tops and other styles began to bob landward, at first in ones and twos, then in scores, and eventually by the thousands. Within weeks, beachcombers had retrieved some of the shoes and held swap-meets at which they exchanged right and left shoes, then resold them in pairs. Today, due to the shoes’ unique serial numbers, the spill is aiding oceanographers in their studies of ocean currents, with shoes still being discovered daily in distant locations. Nike has always refrained from exploiting this potential marketing bonanza. When asked why, one company manager replied, “Floating on the water is not a sports attribute we wish to endorse.”

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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