Say this three times fast: sea shrinks  MAR 25 2008

Say this three times fast: sea shrinks foam cups. (It helps if you sing the words to the tune of Frère Jacques.)

The [styrofoam] cups were then gingerly sent into the deep. During the historic dive, led by Russian scientists, the pressure of the surrounding water crushed the cups to the size of thimbles, also squeezing their whimsies of writing and drawing. Afterward, the tiny cups became instant mementoes of the polar dive, offering striking proof of the descent into an unfamiliar zone and silent testimony to the crushing power of plain old water.

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