You may have to go to Elbonia for your 'Broncos Win!' T-shirt

I have one for you question-answering gurus. Every Super Bowl, just as the game ends, we see confetti and an abundance of Super Bowl champions T-shirts on the field. Shortly afterward, shirts of the like are in stores everywhere. My guess is stores are prepared for two outcomes throughout the game. What happens to all those other shirts and commemorative items that declared the Broncos the winner?

— Kyle, Talent

Here in the department of preposterous explanations, we like to imagine there's nothing wasted on Super Bowl Sunday, and Santa's elves make a little extra during the slow season printing shirts and memorabilia during the fourth quarter.

But the truth is, there are indeed shirts and other items that were printed ahead for an alternate reality where there wasn't a safety on the first play.

That doesn't mean they go to waste, though.

Instead, those items get donated to World Vision, a humanitarian organization. We reached out to them and heard via email from Sheryl Watkins.

"Yes, we will be receiving T-shirts and other goods printed with the Broncos as the Super Bowl winner," she said.

Watkins explained that the organization distributes them to humanitarian offices around the world facing bigger problems than T-shirt accuracy.

"We don't know yet where the goods will go, but likely to be included will be some of the countries we've distributed it to in the past: Zambia, Bosnia, Romania, Armenia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mongolia, Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Rwanda and several other countries."

Watkins explained that the organization doesn't accept individual clothing donations. Instead, World Vision works directly with manufacturers to accept donations already sorted by size and weather type.

Those interested in helping cover shipping costs and other expenses can see www.donate.worldvision.org.

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