Three unrelated events took place this week:

I've been reading Douglas Adams' posthumously published "The Salmon of Doubt";

I spent last night in a hotel, and I found a little rubber duck in my bathroom;

In tonight's newspaper there was an article by novelist Rascha Peper, who clipped an article from the newspaper in 1992. The article was about a freighter that had lost a container with 29,000 bath toys while crossing the Pacific, and an oceanographer hoping to trace the rubber ducks on their journey across the oceans in order to study sea currents. Peper's novel about the event was published about two months ago. And then, to Peper's surprise, the bath toys were all over the news again last week. Apparently the research has been continued for all these years, and the bulk of the 29,000 ducks (and beavers, turtles and crocodiles) is expected to wash ashore in New England, according to Seattle oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, with a smaller number heading for Ireland or Portugal.

And then I thought: there's a Douglas Adams novel in this somewhere.

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