It's been nine months since a tsunami devastated Japan and killed more than 15,000 people. Debris from the disaster is washing ashore thousands of miles from the epicenter, in places you may not expect including right here in America. Last week on the coast of Washington state, nine polyethylene buoys that belonged to a Japanese oyster farmer surfaced. The debris traveled more than 4,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean to reach the West Coast. Oceanographers say this will not be the last of the debris to wash ashore in the U.S. They say we can expect to see more debris off the coast of California and southern Alaska in the coming years. It's estimated that 100 million tons of debris, including everything from car parts to furniture to and anything that floats could wash ashore. Human body parts may also be found in the debris, kept afloat by athletic shoes. People who find the personal items are asked to contact authorities, so that they may try and return them to their proper owners.
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What is the most common reason that you de-friend someone on Facebook? According to a study by research company NM Incite, people are most often kicked to the curb for offensive comments. It turns out that a lot of people do a regular purge of their Facebook friends, getting rid of people to trim down their feed. Nearly all of us have looked at our news feed on Facebook and questioned why in the world we're friends with someone. The Nielsen McKinsey company polled nearly 1,900 social media users, and found that 82% of Facebook users start an online friendship because they actually know someone in real life. The next few reasons that people friend someone are based on mutual friends, business networks, and physical attractiveness. It's no surprise that real-life interactions make people more likely to strike up friendships with other people in the cyberworld. The research also indicates that social media activity plays a role in gender-specific reasons for friending and de-friending someone. Women are more likely to use social media as a creative outlet, to give positive feedback to friends and to get coupons or promotions. While men are more likely to add a friend based on business networking. Don't you wish there were a day when users purged acquaintances they no longer wanted to be "friends" with on Facebook? You're in luck, because March 4 is now annual "De-Friend Day."