Over a century ago, a researcher for the UK Marine Biological Association tossed a bottle containing a message into the North Sea. 

The bottle launch was one of 1000 thrown into the water back in the early 1900's by George Parker Bidder, who was researching ocean currents and tides. He initiated the project because he was curious to learn where the bottles would eventually wind up. If he were alive today, he might be really surprised.  According to Times Now:

The World's 'Oldest' message in a bottle was found in Germany. It was tossed into the North Sea around 1904 - 1906, the bottle washed up on a beach on the German island of Amrum, where it was found in April. Inside the bottle was a postcard asking that it be sent to the Marine Biological Association of the UK.

When the woman (Marianne Winkler,) discovered the bottled, she was surprised to learn that there was a message inside: It wasn't a note from a man searching for his long lost love, nor was it an SOS from some distant shore. Instead it contained a note with a plea to return to the bottle to Marine Biological Society of the UK.  The bottle also contained a message that promised a reward for finding it: 1 Shilling.

She returned the bottle and has already received her payment.

To see a picture of the Message and the Bottle Click Here!





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