Remember how we talked about all that free-floating debris from last year's tsunami floating out in the Pacific and gradually making it onto our shores? Well, in case you doubted us, here's a report about an autographed soccer ball that actually made it back, via Alaska, to its teenage owner, whose home and belongings were all washed out to sea.

A man found the ball while beachcombing on Middleton Island on the Gulf of Alaska, and his wife is Japanese so she read the permanent-marker inscription on the ball and ended up contacting its owner, 16-year-old Misaki Murakami from the town of Rikuzentakata. Murakami told a journalist who contacted him, "I've lost everything in the tsunami, so I'm delighted. I really want to say thank you for finding the ball."

Now we're just waiting for a few cars and boats and shit to start showing up on Ocean Beach.

[Anchorage Daily News]