For the last month or so, Baltimore’s original trash wheel has been assembling a “choose-your-own-adventure”-style story with help from his fans on Twitter. This week, the entire tale of his eventful vacation away from the city was published online.
Wheeliam Tiberius Trash Wheel’s story move quickly, but at its heart contains an important message about the harmful effects of dumping trash in the water. It begins when he decides to take a vacation from cleaning up Baltimore’s harbor (a major loss for the city that goes unaddressed). He uses a submarine that he’s been restoring over the last year to journey down to the lost city of Atlantis with help from a map provided by a knowledgeable fish friend.
“It seemed like the perfect destination for a little bit of adventuring,” he writes. “I set off with a bunch of snacks and my teddy bear, excited for whatever awaited me ahead.”
Awaiting him in Atlantis are Jack Dawson – yes, the one we thought died tragically at the end of “The Titanic” – as well as Ursula from “The Little Mermaid,” a shark pop star, laser-emitting electric eels and others. A violent battle ensues, though all the major characters ultimately turn out OK. We won’t spoil the ending, but it’s noteworthy that Mr. Trash Wheel finds Atlantis is guilty of the same polluting behaviors as many Baltimoreans.
Luckily for us, Mr. Trash Wheel decides he misses Charm City too much to remain under the sea. “For Atlantis, in all its splendor could never be as wonderful as my home,” he writes.
Click here to read the tale in its entirety.
Mr. Trash Wheel may have other stories in his sights. On Tuesday, he tweeted that he has an idea for the next episode of “Star Wars.” Space would be uncharted territory for Baltimore’s efficient garbage-eating friend.
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