Garfield Invades the Coast of France

I’m always on the lookout for things washed up on the beach. I’ve lived in Florida for decades and the most interesting things that I’ve found are sharks’ teeth and seashells. I’ve found baby diapers and sunglasses, too, but I’ve never found a vintage 1980s Garfield telephone.

I’m fairly certain if Jim Davis’ Garfield could be coaxed to comment on the thirty-year-old problem of plastic Garfield phones washing up on the coast of France, he would blame it on Odie. You probably would have to bribe him with lasagna to get an answer out of him, too.

(image found on multiple sources)

Perhaps if there is a French equivalent to American-born Garfield, he would be better bribed with a croissant or possibly a quiche rather than bow to the Italian palate we Americans relish. Or maybe he’d prefer one of those yummy crepes you can purchase along the streets of Paris.

Regardless, I’m pretty sure Garfield wouldn’t care a crumb about this kind of litter, which has been showing up for three decades in France. He’d likely roll over and continue his nap with complete indifference to the people pouring over the sandy, rocky French coast cleaning up the Garfield mess.

If I were strolling along Daytona Beach, I should think I’d be rather shocked to dig at a little piece of orange plastic protruding from the sand and come face to face with Garfield. But to my knowledge no shipping crate full of the phones was ever lost on our shores like crashed onto the rocky coast of France. Yes, the mystery is solved. It only took thirty years.

I was amused at the serious comment made by Fabien Boileau, the Director of Ironise Marine Nature Park – “We will go there to recover the remains of the phones.”

Perhaps this is a matter of being lost in translation, but it sounds like a funeral will ensue after all remains are accounted for. I think it’s more likely that eBay will blow up with the famous feline-face phone. Again, if Garfield were to comment, I think it would be with nothing more than a yawn. As for me, I’m heading to the kitchen for a piece of lasagna.


You’ll be hearing from me a lot in April as I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge – a challenge to post every day for the 30 days of April. I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Yah! Bonnie – looking forward to chucking all month long! 🙂

  2. Jeanine Byers

     /  April 1, 2019

    I don’t remember phones looking like Garfield. But I have always loved Garfield. In college, I had a Garfield poster on my door.

  3. I read about this in the papers. Just imagine what this trash does the population of the sea before it finds itself marooned on the beaches.

  4. I had just heard about the Garfield phones washing up on the shore of France. I had Garfield sheets and a comforter for my then young son. Would you believe he still owns the comforter (and he’s in his late 20’s). It was a “light” piece on a topic that is actually quite serious.

    • Garfield has always been a favorite, and what a weird item to present itself over and over again on the beautiful shores of France. I realize it is quite the serious problem – not only Garfield phones but so much other junk that finds itself in our waters. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Brandi Lenfestey

     /  April 3, 2019

    Garfield is from here in Indiana. I went to school with and am friends with Jim Davis’ niece. She actually works for Paws Inc. I remember when we were in 3rd grade together she would come to school with Garfield clothes on when no one else could buy them. I was so jealous! The man who draws Garfield also lives here and his kids are in our school district that I work in. It’s just a small world but Garfield is HUGE! Love it!

    • That is so interesting. The celebrity next door story is always a good one. I guess it’s too late, but you can buy yourself that Garfield stuff now. People will mock you, but you can! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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