An believable tale is unfolding before our eyes in the Marshall Islands today reminding everyone of the tale from the novel, The Life of Pi. A man, Jose Salvador Alvarenga, has washed ashore in the Marshall Islands. He claims he set out to sea from the west coast Mexico for a day of shark fishing in December 2012 when a storm blew him (and his companion, Ezekiel) off course. They were carried off to sea; beginning a 13 month ordeal. Poor Ezekiel died early on, leaving Alvarenga to eat raw fish, turtles, and birds in order to survive. He miraculously washed ashore in the Marshall Islands: that's his story and he's sticking to it.
However, unlike survivors of lesser adventures, Alvarenga is robust looking - not thin. (Perhaps he likes bird and turtle sushi?) Details of his story remain sketchy. He is unclear of exactly where he departed from in Mexico, he claims 3 brothers in America although he has no contact details, he has no personal identification, he claims to have no family in Mexico, and he arrived in the Marshall Islands a bit (well) early.
Although it is possible that a boat launched from Mexico's west coast would eventually find its way to the Marshall Islands, it would take approximately 18 months to a year to do so, according to a Sydney-based oceanographer. Alveranga, made it in 13 months - adding a bit more skepticism to an already doubting crowd of bureaucrats. If his story checks out, perhaps someone should recruit him to compete in the America's Cup races this year (once they figure out where to hold the race).
As if the Super Bowl isn't enough, today is also Groundhog Day! As you set the scene for your big Super Bowl party, contemplate how you'll spend the next 6 weeks enjoying a prolonged winter.
Yes, Punxsutawney Phil emerged this morning and announced he did NOT see his shadow, shook his head, and headed back into his burrow to snuggle in for another 6 weeks of winter slumber.
Phil? Don't you care about the Super Bowl? You're going to miss all of the awesome commercials! (He was able to catch the Top 10 Superbowl Ads for 2014 before he headed back to bed.) Phil! Were did you go brah?!? The Seattle Seahawks are hitting the Denver Broncos! Wake up!!! At least hang around for the Bruno Mars - Red Hot Chili Peppers takedown. Everyone is talking about it!
He's - just gone. He doesn't even want to watch Groundhog Day. He left muttering something about being mistaken for a football once....