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Cranky Brits to Romantic Americans: Shove It

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9:14 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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[news.yahoo.com...]

"I recently found your bottle while taking a scenic walk on the beach by Poole Harbour," read the letter, which was signed by one Henry Bigglesworth of Bournemouth on the south coast of Britain.

"While you may consider this some profound experiment on the path and speed of oceanic currents, I have another name for it: litter," the letter said.

The title of this thread is meant to be humo(u)rous, nothing more.

9:38 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Wow, that is so mean. Why even bother to respond. Just throw it away, if the "litter" bothers you so much.
10:06 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I guess I'm not a romantic...

"I kind of felt like no good deed goes unpunished," he said

What good deed? He tossed plastic into the ocean, and left a return address. I know people in cities that will hunt you down and make you pay if you dump litter with your address inside.

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I know people in cities that will hunt you down and make you pay if you dump litter with your address inside.

Identity thieves regularly go dumpster diving for names/adresses. All they have to do now is walk the beach in the U.K.!
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The article notes that he launched 5 bottles in all. His success would have been even more assured if he had used 100, or 1000. After all, plastic bottles aren't exactly expensive. It's not like it was a Dom Perignon champagne bottle.

Let's imagine instead that the Brit had been overjoyed, and the news article equally widespread, but with a positive message. Over the ensuing months, in pursuit of equal fame, many others also start tossing plastic bottles into the sea, but not limited to five (they want be on TV, galldarnit!) It starts looking less like romance, and more like a whole heap of trash floating around.

I'm with the cranky Brit on this one ;-)

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Wonderful, just wonderful!
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he shoulda printed out a URL in the bottles ;)

-kpaul

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he shoulda printed out a URL in the bottles ;)

No doubt!

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he shoulda printed out a URL in the bottles

Hmm, perhaps a new way to ask for a link...

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Can you get Adsense somehow in a bottle? And will it show the "click" when the person on the UK beach opens the bottle, or when s/he reponds?
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reponds

Is that the method where you toss the bottle, with your reply, back into the ocean?
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ROFL! Oh my goodness you guys officially need to take a break! URL in the bottle...that is toooo funny!
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ROFL - hilarious.

At least the bottle arrived to a well spoken and polite Brit.

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Saw this in the Telegraph today - I cant believe how miserable some people are.
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If I could find a bottle big enough, I could toss myself into the ocean and eventually I would end up in England! Cool!
Beats the airfare!
11:10 pm on Feb 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I could toss myself into the ocean and eventually I would end up in England! Cool!

Getting back home might be a problem though ;)

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I am a Brit that couldnt wait to get away from ol' Blighty because of stuffy old gits like "Bigglesworth of Bournemouth".

I bet he has a handlebar moustache and talks about the golden days of the british empire.

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I am a Brit that couldnt wait to get away from ol' Blighty because of stuffy old gits like "Bigglesworth of Bournemouth".

Brilliant :-) All the cctv units creep me out, actually. But don't make it a "frying pan into the fire" shift of locales (from an old empire to an almost-old empire). Choose your landing spot carefully.

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handlebar moustache - Only once have I seen a pair of these. I went in to the porters lodge at Kings college and this guy (a porter) turns around and no joke, the points should have been considered a lethal weapon.

You know I bet this moaner wasnt a British empire fan, Id place money on him being a new labour trendy.

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what worries me is some bored ninny will likely make the airwaves within a month with a free press blitz about his/her millionmessagesinabottle.TLD

by the by, as typos go ... reponds was a classic

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"I kind of felt like no good deed goes unpunished," he said.

When did throwing heaps of plastic bottles in the ocean become classified as a "good deed"? I thought good deeds were actions that helped someone else.

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A person who's never tried sending a message in a bottle needs to turn up the volume on their imagination. ;) I've sent several of the things, never heard back though. Too bad the guy had to be nasty about it. He could have been nice and still made his point.
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no good deed goes unpunished

Perhaps the good deed is that a sea turtle did not eat his plastic bottle, choke, and die during it's trip across the Atlantic, unlike the four other bottles he released into the environment which, very likely, did kill sea turtles. Gee, what a hero.

The romanticism of this sort of thing only works if you ignore the details.

I'm with Bigglesworth on this one. Next time you read a Nicholas Sparks book, keep it to yourself.

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unlike the four other bottles he released into the environment which, very likely, did kill sea turtles.

That's going a little far... and how do you know they didn't kill something else?

I can't even fathom the amount of garbage and everything else dumped at sea. I view throwing bottles into the sea as littering too.

What if I put a note in my garbage bag, throw it in the ocean, and hope it floats long enough or far enough for someone to find it? Anyone like that idea?

I'll make exceptions for someone stranded on an island.

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... unlike the four other bottles he released into the environment

If that was all that he so "romantically" released I might remotely understand ... but there is this:

Bennett, 55, a self-confessed serial message-in-a-bottle sender, told the newspaper it was the first time he had ever received an angry response.
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That's going a little far... and how do you know they didn't kill something else?

The term is hyperbole, but I think you got the point. ;)

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Saw this in the Telegraph today - I cant believe how miserable some people are.

I assume you mean Telegraph readers and not the bottle finder ;)

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stuffy old gits like "Bigglesworth of Bournemouth"

It's probably a good idea to point out that Bournemouth (by reputation - I have never been there) is the seaside-resort-of-choice for crusty old gits to retire-and-die.

English folks will know what I am referring to when I quote:

I don't believe it!
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I might be a tad bit cranky too with a name like "Bigglesworth".
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