Those Stowaways Mysteriously Disappeared, or Never Existed

A ship named Ville D' Aquarius is docked at the Port Newark container terminal, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Newark, N.J. The Coast Guard suspects there are stowaways in a container that was loaded on a ship. Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe says the container was loaded aboard The Villa D'Aquarius in India. The manifest says the container was carrying machine parts to be unloaded in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Thanks for nothing, ship. Photo: Julio Cortez/AP

Remember those stowaways that were supposedly trapped in a shipping container yesterday? Well, they … didn’t exist. Or they magically vanished into thin air. The search was called off last night after 163 containers had been checked for people and none were found, despite six hours of tapping noises which “became weaker and weaker” over time until they disappeared entirely, according to a Coast Guard spokesman. Neither the Coast Guard nor anybody else has offered an explanation for the sounds, but we’re going to go with pirate ghosts.

Those Stowaways Mysteriously Disappeared