As part of a high school science project a student launched a message in a bottle from the Florida shore and it made its way to Ireland. The bottle was discovered approximately 16 months after launch.
No word if the student will be deducting the nickel refund as an education expense on his tax filing.
The letter inside the bottle read, in part, “Can you believe this is how we actually spend our school time in America?” No, not really. I made that up. But, seriously, does the teacher actually think this is a valuable lesson plan?
I’m reminded of a scene from the late David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest where the futuristic U.S. devised an enormous catapult by which it would airmail its trash to Canada.