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This MaineDOT helmet was found 3,300 miles away in a fjord in Norway


I hope someone has my… hard hat?

Sigbjorn Eide found a MaineDOT hat in a fjord in Norway this month, more than 3,300 miles from the department’s headquarters. Sigbjørn Eide / MaineDOT

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, MaineDOT revealed that they had an unexpected new pen pal in the form of a Norwegian named Sigbjørn Eide, who found a MaineDOT safety helmet in a local fjord.

“Meet our new friend Sigbjørn,” reads Facebook. “Sigbjørn was walking around and found a MaineDOT safety helmet in a fjord, about 3,300 miles from MaineDOT headquarters.” That same post now has over 1.5 million shares and 2 million likes.

“Really cool! I was born and raised in Norway and I always have to make it clear that this is the country and not the city of Maine 😁 Maine is a beautiful state and Sigbjørn should come and visit,” one commenter wrote.

“Seriously?!? Better than a message in a bottle!” wrote another.

Eide would be happy to read these comments as he wanted to share his discovery with Mainers.

“I would like the story to be shared with the people of Maine and others,” he said.

The hat traveling from the United States was almost unfathomable for Eide, The Boston Globe reported. He first thought of Maine as providence in France before realizing it was Maine, the state of New England.

After the hat traveled 3,300 miles across the ocean, MaineDOT officials thought it made sense for Eide to keep it.

“After such a long trip, it seems only fair that he stay there on international exchange,” a MaineDOT spokesperson said.

“We don’t know exactly how it happened, but we are happy to have a new pen pal!!” read the Facebook post.


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