Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Thinking Outside Of The Box In The Water

TEMPE, Ariz. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A lot of homeless bums rely on cardboard boxes for shelter, but some navigators use them to hit the high seas of Tempe, Arizona.

The city’s 8th Annual Great Cardboard Box Regatta starts April 22 and more than 500 sailors will put their various cardboard creations made with glue, duct tape and paint to the test.

Judges will not only be looking for the best boat, they’re also rating the best sinking for the “Titanic Award.”

Last year, one group replicated the ill-fated ship, complete with insufficient lifeboats for its crew and a collision with a cardboard iceberg.

Other ships that have set sail in past years included a Viking ship so large it required a 40-foot trailer.

Although many of the boxy boats are doomed to failure, contest spokeswoman Kathleen Toupkin – an expert “boxologist” in her own right – suggests wannabe cardboard captains “... make sure your box folds up like tacos, and it’s wide and flat on the bottom.”

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