Saturday, March 30, 2019

Garfield beach phone mystery solved after 30 years

Source Website: https://www.asiaone.com/world/garfield-beach-phone-mystery-solved-after-30-years
By AFP, Asiaone, 29 March 2019 at 10:48am


Spare parts of plastic 'Garfield' phones are displayed on the beach in Plouarzel, western France, after being collected from a sea cave by environmental activists.
PHOTO: Spare parts of plastic 'Garfield' phones are displayed on the beach in Plouarzel, western France, after being collected from a sea cave by environmental activists. - For more than 30 years, plastic phones in the shape of the famous cat 'Garfield' have been washing up on French beaches. The mystery is now solved: a shipping container which washed up during a storm in the 1980s, was found in a hidden sea cave.
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PLOUARZEL, France - For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them.

Locals had long suspected a lost shipping container was to blame for the novelty landline phones, modelled on the prickly feline cartoon character, that have plagued the northern Finistere beaches for decades.



Locals had long suspected a lost shipping container was to blame for the novelty landline phones, modelled on the prickly feline cartoon character, that have plagued the northern Finistere beaches for decades.
PHOTO: Locals had long suspected a lost shipping container was to blame for the novelty landline phones, modelled on the prickly feline cartoon character, that have plagued the northern Finistere beaches for decades. But it wasn't until a local resident revealed that he had discovered the container after a storm in the 1980s that they were finally able to locate it - wedged in a partially submerged cave only accessible at low tide.
The farmer contacted Ar Vilantsou and told them about the incident. He also recalled, tucked away in some
sea caves, a container that blew off the ship that day.
So curious anti-littering crusaders followed the farmer into the sea cave. And there, they found the remnants of a broken shipping container. All around were more pieces of Phone Garfield. At last, they'd found the breeding ground of their orange mystery.
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"Our association has existed for 18 years and in that time we have found pieces of Garfield telephones almost each time we clean," said Claire Simonin, the head of local beach cleaning group Ar Viltansou in Brittany.

But it wasn't until a local resident revealed that he had discovered the container after a storm in the 1980s that they were finally able to locate it - wedged in a partially submerged cave only accessible at low tide.



Alas, while the mystery is solved, the problem is not. Garfield will continue to wash up on the shore, because the container is wedged in an inaccessible spot.
PHOTO: Alas, while the mystery is solved, the problem is not. Garfield will continue to wash up on the shore, because the container is wedged in an inaccessible spot.
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"He told us where it was... it was very, very dangerous," Simonin told AFP after an expedition to track it down.

"We found this incredible fissure (crack) that is 30 metres deep and at the very bottom, there were the remains of a container."

"Under the boulders in front of the entrance, we found 23 complete handsets with electronics and wires. They were everywhere," she added.



Under the boulders in front of the entrance, we found 23 complete handsets with electronics and wires.
PHOTO: "Under the boulders in front of the entrance, we found 23 complete handsets with electronics and wires. They were everywhere," Simonin told AFP after an expedition to track it down.
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But the mystery is not fully solved.

"We have no idea what happened at the time: we do not know where it came from, what boat," said Fabien Boileau, director of the Iroise Marine Nature Park in Finistere.

"And we don't know if several containers fell into the water, or only one."

The dry-witted Garfield, first dreamed up by illustrator Jim Davis in the late 1970s, has since spawned a television show, a film series starring Bill Murray as the voice of the titular cat, and a merchandising empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually.



But the mystery is not fully solved.
PHOTO: But the mystery is not fully solved.
"We have no idea what happened at the time: we do not know where it came from, what boat," said Fabien Boileau, director of the Iroise Marine Nature Park in Finistere.
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And we don't know if several containers fell into the water, or only one.
PHOTO: "And we don't know if several containers fell into the water, or only one." said Fabien Boileau, director of the Iroise Marine Nature Park in Finistere.
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The dry-witted Garfield, first dreamed up by illustrator Jim Davis in the late 1970s, has since spawned a television show, a film series starring Bill Murray as the voice of the titular cat, and a merchandising empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
The dry-witted Garfield, first dreamed up by illustrator Jim Davis in the late 1970s, has since spawned a television show, a film series starring Bill Murray as the voice of the titular cat, and a merchandising empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
PHOTO: The dry-witted Garfield, first dreamed up by illustrator Jim Davis in the late 1970s, has since spawned a television show, a film series starring Bill Murray as the voice of the titular cat, and a merchandising empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

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By AFP, Asiaone, 29 March 2019 at 10:48am




Reference
[1] AFP, Asiaone, Garfield beach phone mystery solved after 30 years, posted on 29 March 2019 at 10:48am, https://www.asiaone.com/world/garfield-beach-phone-mystery-solved-after-30-years


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