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   Undertoad  Saturday Dec 2 11:55 AM

December 2, 2006: Snack Beach



The official cap says it all:

Quote:
A cargo container that apparently fell from a ship washed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina today and spilled thousands of bags of Doritos brand tortilla chips on the beach. Scavengers collected the chips, which were apparently still fresh due to their airtight packaging. It was unknown which ship had lost the cargo or to what port it was bound.



CaliforniaMama  Saturday Dec 2 12:01 PM

Hubby, a former maritime lawyer, says, "it's a Chinese ship, isn't it. Gotta be."



Ibby  Saturday Dec 2 12:01 PM

Mmmm, sounds like my kinda place!

...If only it was a nudist beach...



CaliforniaMama  Saturday Dec 2 12:01 PM

My son says "booty treasure!"



CaliforniaMama  Saturday Dec 2 12:02 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibram
...If only it was a nudist beach...
Y'all 'd be freezin' your pitulies off!!!


Shawnee123  Saturday Dec 2 12:41 PM

Go ahead--we'll make more!



Sheldonrs  Saturday Dec 2 12:44 PM

Does this mean there was a chip wreck at sea? :-)

I can hear Gordon Lightfoot singing "The Wreck Of the Frito Bandito" now.



Shawnee123  Saturday Dec 2 12:46 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs
Does this mean there was a chip wreck at see? :-)

I can hear Gordon Lightfoot singing "The Wreck Of the Frito Bandito" now.



Trilby  Saturday Dec 2 01:17 PM

[quote=Sheldonrs]Does this mean there was a chip wreck at see? :-)[quote]

That is precious!



rkzenrage  Saturday Dec 2 01:42 PM

The pun quota of this thread has been met. You are all cut-off.

Cease and desist immediately!




Shawnee123  Saturday Dec 2 01:49 PM

Quit "badgering" us.

(Ooops, another pun)




rkzenrage  Saturday Dec 2 01:52 PM

Don't make me lock you up!



Shawnee123  Saturday Dec 2 01:52 PM

I refuse to answer this post on the grounds I might incriminate myself.




lumberjim  Saturday Dec 2 01:59 PM

those little flag poles in the background make me think that it is right where we stayed in September this year. all we found were a couple of sand dollars and some seashells. damnitall.



rkzenrage  Saturday Dec 2 02:02 PM

No tennis shoes or doritoes? Loser.



Griff  Saturday Dec 2 03:23 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim
those little flag poles in the background make me think that it is right where we stayed in September this year. all we found were a couple of sand dollars and some seashells. damnitall.
Those chips are out of date anyway, prolly spontaneously combust or somthin'.


Trilby  Saturday Dec 2 03:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Griff
Those chips are out of date anyway,
Prolly on their way to Marichiko's Food Bank.

Totally.


rkzenrage  Saturday Dec 2 04:19 PM




footfootfoot  Saturday Dec 2 07:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
Prolly on their way to Marichiko's Food Bank.

Totally.


Can I get you a saucer of milk?


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Dec 2 09:14 PM

Probably blown off in that storm that came up and blew 60mph at the NJ shore. It's an unusual looking container though, the missing end panel shows what looks like a refrigeration unit and the walls are insulated. Makes me wonder if they normally refrigerate Doritos to keep them from going rancid in a hot container, or they just had one handy?



Clodfobble  Saturday Dec 2 09:15 PM

Maybe there was other stuff in there too, that just didn't float as well as little bags of chips and air?



footfootfoot  Saturday Dec 2 11:27 PM

fish sticks?



SPUCK  Sunday Dec 3 05:12 AM

Could be that container is unrelated to the the Doritos.. It looks in okay ish shape. Usually a bunch of containers come off at once. Maybe a mate was the Doritos and this one is just rotting NY hot dogs.. Oh wait a minute NY hot dogs can't rot!


This ship and 2 others lost 608 containers over the side in one day. OOPS.



Sundae  Sunday Dec 3 06:53 AM

If this washed up anywhere near me I'd be halfway to becoming a cargo cultist. It would only need a Whisky Galore style alcohol delivery to get me all the way there.

BTW I don't get rkzenrage's post. What does it say underneath the picture of that man? Has he been hit by the football or is it a glitter ball (in which case WTF anyway?)



Clodfobble  Sunday Dec 3 11:08 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl
BTW I don't get rkzenrage's post. What does it say underneath the picture of that man? Has he been hit by the football or is it a glitter ball (in which case WTF anyway?)
It says, translated from the drawn-out phonetics of the text, "Oh, burn!" which is an expression used to indicate that someone else just got mocked very thoroughly or effectively (i.e., Brianna mocked Marichiko's food bank experience from another thread.) The guy in the picture is the character Kelso from the TV show "That 70's Show," which popularized the expression a few years ago. The disco ball is because of course the show is set in the 1970s, and the position he's standing in is reminiscent of a celebratory dance a football player might do when he makes a touchdown (holding the football where the disco ball is.)

...Damn, there are a lot of cultural references in that one image.


CaliforniaMama  Sunday Dec 3 12:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble
...Damn, there are a lot of cultural references in that one image.
Thanks for the explanation. I didn't get it either . . . not enough time on my hands, I guess.


richlevy  Sunday Dec 3 01:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble
It says, translated from the drawn-out phonetics of the text, "Oh, burn!" which is an expression used to indicate that someone else just got mocked very thoroughly or effectively (i.e., Brianna mocked Marichiko's food bank experience from another thread.) The guy in the picture is the character Kelso from the TV show "That 70's Show," which popularized the expression a few years ago. The disco ball is because of course the show is set in the 1970s, and the position he's standing in is reminiscent of a celebratory dance a football player might do when he makes a touchdown (holding the football where the disco ball is.)

...Damn, there are a lot of cultural references in that one image.
Wow, CF, I never figured you as a pedantess. I mean that in a good way.

Just out of curiosity, I would like to throw out a question to the non-US Cellarites. Is the Cellar your only or primary social BBS? If it's not your only board, do you have one that is more local for you that you also visit?

If I could find an Australian or European board with the same kind of dynamic as the Cellar, I might also visit there for a bit of cultural variety.

BTW, I consider myself possibly borderline Asperger's, so I also have a tendancy to be pedantic. I have been known to wince at people who switch the contraction "you're" with the word "your".


seakdivers  Sunday Dec 3 06:56 PM

That is definitely a reefer (refrigerated) van. Aside from the gash in the side, that's just the way they look. Unless the doors are open on the side we can't see, I would guess that its not the one that the Doritos came out of.

I certainly wouldn't want to be the one to open a reefer van that's been out of power for any length of time, as they are normally filled with perishables such as fish.
PeeeeeYooooo!



tulzscha  Sunday Dec 3 10:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by seakdivers
That is definitely a reefer (refrigerated) van. Aside from the gash in the side, that's just the way they look. Unless the doors are open on the side we can't see, I would guess that its not the one that the Doritos came out of.
I think the fact that the Dorito slick appears to be concentrated only near the container indicates that it's the culprit. I would expect a spill of such lightweight floaty things to disperse somewhat rapidly, so if there's another container, it'd need to be nearby... In which case the story would be about two containers washing up? I'd say the back doors are probably open, if we could see 'em.

Durn photographers, not taking completely explanatory photographs...


Clodfobble  Sunday Dec 3 11:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by richlevy
BTW, I consider myself possibly borderline Asperger's, so I also have a tendancy to be pedantic. I have been known to wince at people who switch the contraction "you're" with the word "your".
Ah, but do you wince at the fact that "That 70's Show" should actually be "That 70s Show," but the official title isn't, so one is forced to type it incorrectly?

I've been thoroughly trained to keep my nerdy neuroses on the inside, but they are there, no doubt about it.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 3 11:34 PM

But if that's the case, why didn't the container sink and the Doritos float ashore alone? It had to go over in deep water.



rkzenrage  Monday Dec 4 01:22 AM

Either the Doritos kept it afloat or the doors opened when it hit the beach.



SPUCK  Monday Dec 4 03:15 AM

Picture sitting on some forsaken 10 foot diameter one-palm-tree island and a container of Doritos floats up.

I think I'd kill myself...



Shawnee123  Monday Dec 4 08:45 AM

"WIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOONNNNNNN...oh poo poo on Wilson, I got me some Doritos!"



Sundae  Monday Dec 4 11:09 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble
...Damn, there are a lot of cultural references in that one image.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. That explained it in the detail I needed. I've heard of the show but never seen it and certainly never heard the phrase (which explains why I couldn't make out what the writing was). I didn't even recognise the posture as soccer players celebrate very differently.

RichLevy - I haven't found anywhere like the Cellar anywhere in the world. I do post on a couple of boards closer to home, but they are topic related and I periodically give up on them in disgust because the average IQ is far lower than here. Here you don't have to wade through posts of txtspk, or "OMG your so fit hehe". Also, although the mods here do a wonderful job, the community is reasonably self-policing. It's so frustrating to have sensible, well-reasoned posts disappear from other forums because later posters have subverted the thread into unpleasantness (unpleasantries?)

But I guess I'm preaching to the converted.


chrisinhouston  Monday Dec 4 05:11 PM

Reminds me of The Firesign Theatre, "And their's hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut."



CharlieG  Wednesday Dec 6 08:17 AM

what worries me, with 600+ containers going over the side is how much "up and out" cargo went over, and idiots opening those containers...

There are certain containers that are manifested to only be shipped UP (on deck, at the top of the stack of containers) and OUT (at the edge of the ship) - the idea being in a BAD storm, or in case of leaks/fires anything else, they can be jettisoned - basically to save the life of the crew/anyone in the area. You know, shipping things like chipfab gases (which are TRUELY nasty - 1 or 2 of them actually qualify as nerve gas)



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Dec 6 09:11 AM

Chipfab gases? Gases used to manufacture electronics?



CharlieG  Wednesday Dec 6 01:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Chipfab gases? Gases used to manufacture electronics?
Yep - the gasses used to etch/dope chips and other processes are REALLY nasty.


SPUCK  Thursday Dec 7 03:49 AM

Interesting point about the up and outs..

Arsine is a favorite chip gas.. Gaseous arsenic.
Another is Silane.. Spontaneously combusts on contact with air. Result: Smoke that's molecular glass.

Sweet stuff!



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Dec 13 11:28 PM

Update

Quote:
The feeding frenzy only lasted through the morning, as the container was secured, still containing an undetermined
number of bags of chips, by the late afternoon. The boat that lost the container has not been tracked down yet,
although the missing shipment is sure to be noticed when the crew reaches its eventual destination.



Shawnee123  Thursday Dec 14 12:28 AM

Quote:
although the missing shipment is sure to be noticed when the crew reaches its eventual destination.
Man, are those Doritaville residents going to be pissed off.


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