In the children’s book, 11 Experiments That Failed (Offill 2011), a young girl poses the question, ‘Can a message be sent in a bottle to a faraway land?’ Her hypothesis is that ‘The hole in the bottom of the toilet leads to the sea’, and she sets out to test this by placing a message in a bottle and seeing what happens when she flushes it down the toilet. The following page reveals an illustration of the girl’s house with water pouring out of the windows and the girl adrift on a toilet seat. Bobbing next to her is a potpourri of household items. The girl’s astonished mother, calf-deep in water, clutches a cordless phone. The only text on the page is as follows:
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